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Recycling center to open in Wyandotte

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A new recycling center for the Wyandotte Nation will offer more green options and a source of revenue for the Tribe.

In addition to curbside recycling and drop off points the town will have another option: a brand new $200,000 recycling center, which will host a grand opening April 11.

The center will allow the Wyandotte Nation to finally make some money off of this free weekly service.

"Instead of taking the material to another place and just giving it to them, we're going to bail it here, like the bails you see behind me, and sell them to different companies to get a little bit of income," says Christen Lee, the Wyandotte Nation Environmental Director.

Even before Thursday's grand opening, the recycling center says they already have about 20,000 pounds of recyclables ready to be shipped and sold.

"It's allowed us to cut down on our dumpsters that we use at our businesses and our schools," says Lee.

The new center will accept materials from paper, plastic and cardboard to tin and aluminum, without changing or affecting current recycling drop off points and curb side pick up.

Funding for the project came in part from a national grant from the EPA, Indian Health Services and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  The Tribe also donated to the cause.

Four employees of the Wyandotte Nation's Environmental Department are currently running it.  They hope to eventually expand the project in the future.

The new center is open to the community and surrounding area Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The grand opening is this Thursday at 11 a.m. and is open to the public as well.

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