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New recycling center to open by year’s end

October 14, 2015

Thirty-foot-deep concrete pits that once held mixed garbage to be fed into New Hanover County’s former waste-to-energy incinerator have been filled with dirt. Soon a new concrete floor will be poured. The shell of a building, one wall of which is held up by nothing more than gravity, will soon house sorting equipment and people whose job will be to pick through what people throw away.

The $1.1 million construction project is preparing the way for Sonoco, a packaging firm with a presence in Jacksonville, North Carolina, to take over recycling duties for New Hanover County. Sonoco will handle the details, sorting and shipping glass, plastic, aluminum, cardboard and other paper to markets, or using it in the company’s own recycling efforts.

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