A used aluminum can be recycled into a new aluminum can in as little as 30 days and recycled cans require less than 10 percent of the energy used to make aluminum cans from bauxite ore.
These are just a couple of the fun facts printed on the walls of a new education center at the American Recycling Center. The center is an expansion of American Disposal Services Inc. on Residency Road near Manassas.
The writing on the walls also shows that people each generate approximately 4.5 pounds of waste per day; and recycling five glass bottles saves two-kilowatt hours of electricity.
“The interactive learning center is a very unique aspect to this recycling facility. There are several other recycling facilities on the East Coast, but not many that have this type of learning center,” Kevin Edwards, General Manager American Disposal Services, Inc. said of the new learning center at the company’s new single stream recycling plant.
Edwards said it takes a lot of education to get people interested in recycling. The new interactive learning center will help do that. “We want to show everybody what this facility will do not only for the environment, but for the economy.”
Edwards said American Disposal Services has been based in Prince William County for more than a decade and has a “good working relationship” with the county. It was only natural, he said, to build the center in the county. “Our company is rooted in Prince William County. This is our home base. This is where we started. We’ve been in business about 15 years and we’ve found that Prince William County is a great home base.”
Prince William Chairman Corey A. Stewart said American Recycling Center is an example of the kind of company the county would like to attract. “American Recycling is one of those entrepreneurial companies that didn’t stop, but kept going and turned ideas into reality. It’s the kind of company that made America great and the kind of company that makes Prince William County great.”