Sep 14, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterEmployees and clients of Community Entry Services celebrated the completion of their new recycling center with an open house Thursday at the facility.
The new white, dome-shaped building is visible on the horizon east of Smith Road near Riverton's trash baling station. Every day, CES workers arrive at the facility to sort and organize recyclable materials that are dropped there by city trucks and area residents.
"It's fun down here," CES client Sherry Hawk said Thursday as she led a tour of the building. "It's a little bit bigger."
The recycling operation used to take place in an older, smaller building that was cold in the winter and hot in the summer.
Marilyn Wheeler, who supervises work at the center, said the new facility will be much more comfortable, though she said there is still work to be done before the staff is totally moved in.
"It's still pretty new," she said.
Regardless, Hawk seemed comfortable in the work environment, especially when she entered the building's new break room.
"We eat in here at noon," she said, also pointing out the facility's bathrooms, which are equipped with showers for pre-meal wash-ups.
Hawk said she and her coworkers spend their time moving milk jugs, soda cans, glass bottles and paper into their appropriate compartments. She showed people at the open house where each kind of material is supposed to go.
"This is all junk," she said, pointing to the bin that holds trash. "It stinks."
Her favorite part of the job is getting to work with the "big city truck" that regularly dumps large piles of recyclables on the floor of the facility.
"Everyone moves out of the way, and we have plastic and paper everywhere," Hawk said. "Then when he's done, we move everything. ... I love it."
Hawk works at the center Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays along with a rotating crew of about 15 people from CES, an organization that offers services for individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. When the day is over, Hawk said she and her co-workers climb into a van that brings them back to the CES facility across town, and from there they go home.
Riverton resident Sharon Ayars said she appreciated the chance to see what happens with all of the recycling she puts on her curb to be picked up every week.
"I just wanted to see where all the trash comes," she said. "And I have some glass I have to get rid of."
Other attendees complemented CES chief executive officer Shawn Griffin on the structure, which is airy and spacious inside.
"It's kind of neat it's in this shape," one woman said.
Griffin thanked the City of Riverton and Fremont County for their help in the recycling endeavor. The entities provided funding and workers that are necessary for the center to exist, Griffin said, and Thursday's open house was organized to show people one result of the cooperative work that takes places locally.
"It's a good partnership between three entities," Griffin said. "We thought we'd let the public see what's going on and learn about recycling."
For more information about the city's recycling program, call City Hall at 856-2228.
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