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New single stream recycling facility being built in Berks County

J. P. Mascaro & Sons, offers solid waste services in over 80 municipalities in Pennsylvania, including hauling, transporting, transferring, disposing, recycling, and composting. The firm is building the Pioneer Crossing Recycling Center in Exter Township of Berk County; a single stream recycling facility opposite the company's landfill with the same name.

Single stream recycling involves the recyclable material not needing to be presorted. The facility will have automation that will not allow it to take all items that can be recycled from one point. Technology including magnets, screens, and optical scanner accept, separate, and sort the material into its proper recycle categories.

The construction will be completed before the end of the year. The facility will include an administration building, and the plant is designed with catwalk through out, allowing for educational tours for residents and school children to teach them the benefits of recycling.

The plant will cost over $1 million to build and will be the first of it kinds for the county, spanning 73,500 square feet, and able to handle and sort 300 tons of material daily.

The company believes that when residents do not have to presort items for recycling; participation is higher, more material is recycled which frees space in the landfills, and is a win for the community and environment.