Champaign likely to vote on permit for recycling center

CHAMPAIGN --  The city council this week will decide whether a private recycling dropoff center may locate a couple blocks from where a city-owned center closed toward the end of last year.

The council likely will vote on the permit when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Champaign City Building.

Green Purpose LLC has been selling $5 and $10 monthly memberships to the recycling center since its CEO, Steven Rosenberg, conceived the idea to open a private recycling center last year after hearing the city was to close its own.

Rosenberg's goal was to sign up 3,000 members before the opening date, and the company is "over halfway there," he said.

He hopes to open the facility in a vacant building at 807 Pioneer St., just south of the city facility previously located on Hagan Street.

"The only reason that we picked this location is because it's so close to the old dropoff center, and we wanted to make it as seamless a transition as possible," Rosenberg said.

Assuming city council approves, Rosenberg said he hopes to hold a grand opening on April 22, which, not coincidentally, is Earth Day.

The city council must approve of the proposal, as a recycling center is not specifically allowable use on that property. The characteristics of the facility, however, are similar to other operations that would be considered allowable, according to city documents.

The city's plan commission, which considers such permits before they come before the city council, unanimously approved of the permit last month. The commission was "very enthusiastic" about the proposal, said city planner Jeff Marino.

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pushpin1 wrote on April 05, 2011 at 3:04 am

PLEASE vote for the recycling center - it is an excellent idea, and our community needs it. The carts or bins provided for home owners/apt dwellers are a great start, but they are not enough. The old center on Hagan Street is GREATLY MISSED!