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Recycling Center May Stay Open Beyond Expired Contract

Posted: Updated: Jan 31, 2013 05:40 PM EST

All signs point to Charlottesville's McIntire Recycling Center remaining open, despite the fact that an agreement between the city, Albemarle County, and the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) expired at the end of last year.

A temporary, extended contract is in place until June, postponing the final decision on whether to renew the original one.

But people with stakes in the issue are confident things will work out. Teri Kent runs a green-friendly blog in Charlottesville. The Better World Betty blogger is a regular at the McIntire Recycling Center.

"The fact that this facility is at risk for closure is a problem," Kent said.

The executive director of the RSWA, Thomas Frederick, says some people might be misinformed about the status of the center. He says just because the contract has not been renewed doesn't mean the county is ready to close it down.

"They are conveying to us that they intend to keep it open," Frederick said.

Frederick also says the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors asked for the 6-month extension contract to work out possible changes to the center. Supervisors are also looking at making changes to the Ivy Material Utilization Center in Charlottesville.

"Albemarle County is considering the option of whether they want to see the transfer station continue to be operated publicly or if they want to consider a private contractor," he said.

Teri Kent says the quality of recycling at the McIntire center makes it a worthwhile investment. She says it's more than an investment; it's a right.

"Waste and recycling efforts are a fundamental right of the community to kind of have access to that," Kent said.

The extended contract between the city and the RSWA ends June 30. The executive director of the authority says, although there has been no formal action taken at this point to renew the contract, he says the county has said they expect to continue to support the McIntire Center.

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