Relocated recycling center reopens Saturday

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning 86th Airlift Wing

Construction workers place the final touches on the new recycling center Dec. 6 at the construction site on Ramstein. The new Ramstein recycling center is scheduled to open Saturday.

The recycling center on Ramstein across the street from Burger King is temporarily closed in order to move into a new facility.

“Most people don’t think about their recycling until it comes to a moment like now,” said Thomas Weber, 86th Civil Engineering Squadron qualified recycling program manager.

Just in time for the holiday season, the new facility is scheduled to be operational by Saturday across from the Southside Fitness Center.

Equipped with enough amenities to handle almost any waste, the new recycling center is a simple update for a Ramstein necessity.

“We accept almost everything,” Weber said. “We accept hazardous waste, any household waste, florescent light bulbs, any plastics, scrap metal, expired medications, regular trash and even biodegradable material.”

Available to all Department of Defense and NATO personnel working and living on the installation, the recycling is limited to waste generated on the installation. Waste generated by personnel living off the installation has to be disposed through the local municipal contract. The only exception is household hazardous and electrical waste. These materials can be disposed at the recycling center from people living on the economy as long they have a DOD, military or NATO ID card.

The new recycling center will retain the same opening and closing schedule as the old one, 7 a.m. through 6 p.m Mondays through Saturdays.

“It’s going to be beneficial for the whole community,” Weber said. “Better service, better (facility) lighting, all around safer.”