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Board approves recycling facility
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Other action

Also Thursday, the Forsyth County commission:

• Approved a conditional use permit for an outdoor corn maze, which will debut in September on property next to and owned by The Avenue Forsyth.

• Rescinded a vote that modified covenants on properties atop Sawnee Mountain. The board agreed to revisit the matter after neighbors resolved litigation.

• Removed an agreement to buy property on Mars Hill Road. The 1-acre site would have allowed another access point to Fowler Park, which is scheduled to open in January. Commissioner Jim Harrell said the county’s offer was rejected.

Note: All votes were 5-0.

— Alyssa LaRenzie
Recycling used materials can cycle money to Forsyth County.

Under an agreement the county commission approved Thursday, a new recycling facility will give $1 to the county for each ton of materials accepted.

“It’s a little giveback to the community,” said Commissioner Jim Harrell, whose District 3 contains the southwestern Forsyth business.

“Recycling materials does have a value. Now, we’ll get a little bit from it. It’s a nice gesture.”

The five-member commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for owner Slade Holdings Inc., to operate the facility on Shirlee Industrial Way.

The $1 “tipping fee,” which Harrell said the owner offered, was listed as a condition of the facility’s approval.

He said the fees are a common practice in the waste and recycling collection industries.

The county also has a similar agreement, which goes toward a solid waste fund, with the waste collection company Advanced Disposal, Harrell said.

Officials anticipate fees collected from the recycling facility will also fund the county’s solid waste activities, spokeswoman Jodi Gardner said.

Advanced Disposal and a third business, Greenleaf Recycling, both pay host fees to the county. The total unaudited amount received by the county in 2009 from these fees is $748,466, county figures show.

Slade Holdings also owns Community Waste Services, which does collects trash and recyclables for the county.

Forsyth County operates three recycling collection centers throughout the county, but the new facility is in an area that doesn’t have a convenient location.

“If you believe in recycling, it’s a shorter trip now for people to bring things in,” Harrell said.