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Campbell County closing CARE Recycling Center on June 28

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — Campbell County’s Amalgamated Recycling Enterprise, or CARE, Recycle Center will be shuttering operations June 28.

In a Tuesday news release, Campbell County officials said the center will no longer operate at the end of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Since that’s a Sunday, the center will instead close on Friday, June 28.

The CARE facility will operate regular hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, for recycling until closure.

“This difficult decision comes after careful consideration of ongoing challenges in the global recycling market,” the county’s announcement said.

Per the release:

Since its launch in September 2016, the CARE program has played a valuable role in Campbell County’s commitment to sustainability. However, the global recycling landscape has shifted significantly since then. The direct impact of global changes to the CARE program has resulted in limited revenue on the sale of recyclable goods to offset county spending for facility operations. The CARE program has been subsidized by tax revenue of $250,000 to $300,000 annually since opening.

In light of the annual cost combined with anticipated decreases in county tax revenue due to projected reductions in coal production and the County’s commitment to budget reductions means maintaining the program is no longer fiscally responsible.

Campbell County understands the impact this decision has on the community and staff. Employees currently working at the CARE facility will be transferred to positions at the North Landfill upon successful shut down of the CARE facility. The City of Gillette’s curbside recycling program will continue to operate independently. Residents are encouraged to utilize this program for their recyclables.

Campbell County Government is considering plans to solicit proposals from the private sector to potentially operate a recycling or manufacturing facility at the current CARE location, further information on these plans will be released as it becomes available.

Campbell County

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