The Buffalo/Johnson County Recycling Center will be getting a new piece of equipment after getting promises from both the city and county for their portion of the cost.
Phil Gonzales, with the Lake DeSmet Conservation District and the recycling center, said the LDCD will pay for half of the $22,000 for a styrofoam densifier which will melt down styrofoam and produce “bricks” of the polystyrene which can then be recycled for fuel or clothing fabric, he said.
The recycling center has been taking the polystyrene for awhile but they are dealing with a new broker cannot take the material. They have a new broker who will take the polystyrene if it is in the usable brick form, which requires the new equipment purchase.
Gonzales explains why keeping styrofoam out of the landfill is a good idea not only for the planet but especially for Buffalo.
The new piece of equipment is self-contained and does not produce any emissions and is safe to be used indoors at the recycling center.
The county commissioners approved $5,500 for their portion of the cost, and later in the day the Buffalo City Council approved another $5,500 for their portion. The remaining $11,000 will come from the Lake DeSmet Conservation District.