Southern Recycling expands

Southern Recycling in Bowling Green is expanding their operations to keep up with the growing community, and to make a better environment.

Southern Recycling on Wednesday cut ribbons on a new facility today, as part of an expansion project to improve operations.

Currently, Southern Recycling serves the entire Southcentral Kentucky region, shipping more than 25,000 tons of recycled materials including; iron, steel, brass and nickel.

“We are totally environmentally friendly. We’re completely paved in concrete. We manage the storm water run offs, and all contaminates here. Nothing goes into the ground,” said John Fellonneau, Southern Recycling president.

Fellonneau said people need to understand the importance of recycling.

“I don’t think there’s really been a stigma against recycling. I think a lot of people don’t understand the importance of it. This part of the country is very fortunate in that we don’t have very high landfill cost,” said Fellonneau.

One reason that people may not be recycling as much is because there isn’t much of an incentive.

“If you’re only paying $15 or $20 a month to get your garbage handled, you have no financial incentive to recycle out of that. If you were in New York or California you’d be paying $200 a month for that service,” said Fellonneau.

Recycling is often not a priority, so Fellonneau believes that people need a little push.

The new processing facility in Bowling Green will be able to process all grades of recyclables for the region.