Jonesboro blue bag recycling program changing

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Blue Bag recycling program is getting ready for some major changes in the near future.

Very shortly Abilities Unlimited will be taking the blue bags over from Marck industries who now handle the plant at their Brookland Facility. Marck has decided that it really isn't profitable for them and would like to get out of the city contract which expires the end of August.

Abilities Unlimited Director Darren May says this is a good fit for the organization who currently deals with a number of recyclables including  wooden pallets from Nordex.

The company also takes in non-hazardous waste from a steel mill in Blytheville.  May says one problem his people encounter is lack of steady work. "This is a great  opportunity for us to hire more workers and have something for them to do every day." May said. He went on, "An on-going steady stream of work which will allow us to provide consistent employment for people with disabilities not a feast or famine situation."

The city of Jonesboro would still use it's trucks and trailers to pick up the blue bags.  Abilities could possibly take over recycling at the beginning of September. Currently they are working with the city to find the needed space to warehouse and machinery to use in the sorting and packing process of the recyclables.

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