The Kent County Recycling Center will re-open on Monday, Dec. 18 after upgrading the facility so that it can now accept paper cartons.

The facility closed on Nov. 28 in order to install the $1.5 million equipment upgrades.

The equipment now mechanically sorts paper cartons and corrugated cardboard. The facility planned to be closed until Dec. 19, but they are opening a day ahead of schedule.

“We’ve added two major pieces of equipment that will help us manage the incoming material," said Nic VanderVinne, the Resource Recovery and Recycling Manager for the Department of Public Works. "Adding cartons to the recycling stream will address a type of packaging that is growing in popularity but was previously not recyclable in West Michigan.”

The recycling facility can now accept cartons like empty creamer, soy and almond milk containers, juice boxes, milk cartons and boxed water.

The Kent County Department of Public Works said in a Facebook post that if residents have been storing recycling until the center reopened, they can put it out for collection on the next scheduled day.

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