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North Elba Recycling Center will be open 5 days a week beginning this Monday

New schedule separates residential, commercial recycling

LAKE PLACID — Town of North Elba officials will be reopening the Recycling Center five days a week starting Monday, June 1, according to Transfer Station Supervisor Shannon Porter.

On Tuesday, May 12, the town reopened the Recycling Center after being closed for almost two months. Due to a 50% staffing reduction mandated by the state during the coronavirus pandemic, the building reopened on Tuesdays and Saturdays only, instead of five days a week. A week later, the town added a new day to the schedule — Wednesday — but only for commercial businesses.

The purpose was to help alleviate the wait time for residents on Tuesdays and Saturdays, allowing businesses with larger loads to back in and unload without restricting the social distancing.

The new Recycling Center schedule will be: Mondays and Wednesdays, commercial businesses only (no residential walk-ins); and Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, residential walk-ins only (no commercial businesses). The transfer station is closed on Thursdays and Sundays.

The same rules apply for businesses as they do for residents at the Recycling Center:

• People must wear face masks.

• People must wait at their vehicles until they are invited into the building by a town employee.

• There is a maximum of five people allowed inside the building at a time.

• People need to keep at least 6 feet away from one another and staff.

• People are asked to presort their recycles to decrease the time spent inside the building.

• People must touch as little as possible inside the building.

• People should sanitize their hands on their way in and out of the building.

• There is no glass being accepted at this time, except redeemable glass bottles.

The hours are 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The North Elba Recycling Center is located at the transfer station at the end of Recycle Circle Lane in Lake Placid.

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