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Penn Waste starts work on new recycling facility

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Penn Waste Inc. has broken ground on what it touts as the most progressive recycling center in the region.

The locally owned and operated waste and recycling company is building a 96,000-square-foot facility in Manchester Township, according to a news release from the company. The facility is to be completed by next year. The cost of construction was not disclosed.

The new facility will contain equipment that will allow Penn Waste to sort and process 35 tons of recyclables per hour. The current system, housed in 40,000 square feet, handles 10 tons per hour. The new system also will use optical sorting technology to better separate materials at a faster speed and with less contamination, according to the release.

“Building this new facility reinforces our commitment to the local and surrounding community and to increasing sustainable practices throughout our region,” Scott Wagner, president and CEO, said in the release.

In 2013, Penn Waste processed a regional record of 80,990 tons of recyclables, according to the release. That quantity is up 62 percent since 2010. With community education and the new facility, Penn Waste hopes to double the 2013 record.

Penn Waste has provided residential and commercial waste removal and recycling services to the Southcentral Pennsylvania region since 2000. Founder Scott Wagner has more than 29 years of experience in the waste industry and has more than 340 employees. The company operates a fleet of more than 100 waste removal and recycling collection trucks serving more than 165,000 customers in more than 60 municipalities in York, Lancaster, Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties. The waste collected from Penn Waste customers is used to create green energy, fueling local waste-to-energy sites.

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