Abilities Unlimited, Magnolia’s sheltered workshop for developmentally disabled adults, formally opened on Monday its new recycling center.
The center is located in the former Columbia Sewing building off West University near Shanhouse Drive.
CLICK THE YOUTUBE VIDEO ICON AT LEFT to take a look inside the center, and listen to manager Chris Schulz and AU Executive Director Sandy Marlar discuss the facility’s operation and what it will mean for Abilities Unlimited.
AU had about 5,000 square feet for recycling at its location on South Washington Street. The new facility has 21,000 square feet. It will allow for the interior storage of recycled material until it can be picked up by buyers of paper, plastic bottles, metal cans, clothing and electronic waste.
The AU center on South Washington will remain in operation as a workshop. The space formerly occupied by the recycling center will be turned into a used furniture store run by AU’s clients.
Abilities Unlimited receives regular deliveries of recyclable materials from Waste Corporation of Arkansas, which has a contract with Columbia County to collect residential and business waste in Columbia County.
People often wonder if material they set aside for WCA actually gets recycled. People who are really worried can simply take their collected, recyclable waste to the Abilities Unlimited recycling center’s covered drive-through area. AU clients will unload the waste and begin sorting it. They appreciate donors who pre-sort waste by type, but they will accept recyclable waste donations in any form.
Marlar said that last year, the facility on South Washington Street recycled about 1.3 million pounds of material. However, it’s only a fraction of what could be recycled in Columbia County and turned into cash for Abilities Unlimited and its clients.