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Recycling center celebrates anniversary
Workers mark decade at site on Old Atlanta
Jerry Hughes - photo by Frank Reddy
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Longtime Forsyth County residents H.J. "Joe" Buice Jr. and Jerry Hughes say the last 10 years have flown by at the Old Atlanta Recycling Center.

Both men began working at the center when it opened 10 years ago today.

"Getting this job was a blessing for me," said Buice, 83. "I needed something to do and to get out and talk with people."

Greeting every car that passes with a quick thumbs-up, Buice said he thrives on interaction with those who visit the center on Old Atlanta Road.

"If my mouth stops moving, check my pulse," Buice said.

Hughes, 69, said he also enjoys the company.

"You get to talk to all these people, see old friends," he said.

The basics of the job, according to Hughes, are being there to answer questions and keep the compactors going.

Buice said it's a "fun job."

"I've made so many friends here," said Buice, an Atlanta native but longtime county resident. "I feel a part of this county, even though I wasn't born here."

Old Atlanta is one of three recycling centers in the county. The centers are open to county residents from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Residents can recycle paper, metal, glass, plastic, batteries and oil. The centers also accept garbage at 25 cents per bag for recycling customers and $1 per bag for non-recycling customers.

Other recycling locations include: Coal Mountain Recycling Center, 3560 Settingdown Road; and Tolbert Street Recycling Center, 351 Tolbert St., Cumming.

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