Bay City eyes July 19 to move into new recycling center

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   The City of Bay City had hoped to move into its new recycling center before the end of June. 
   The city did not meet that goal but hopes to be in the new Recycling Center at 1702 Avenue K by July 19. 
   Construction has been ongoing since February for the new building located at 1702 Avenue K in Bay City. 
   The weather this spring has made it difficult for the contractor, Hlavinka Construction Co. of East Bernard, to stay on schedule. 
   Despite lots of rain and wind, completion is only a few weeks beyond the target date. 
   The 6,000 square foot building will become the new site where residents can leave recyclable materials, including carboard, #1 and #2 plastics, newspapers, magazines, paper, motor oils, and cooking oils.
   Starting on Thursday, July 11, the city will move operations from and close the current drop-off facility at 1812 Avenue H. 
   Unfortunately, the city will not be able to accept any recyclables during the move so please hold all your materials at home until the new site is open for business. 
   Barricades will be in place to block the driveway and discourage any drop-offs at the old site.
The contractor and city crews will be working to relocate the equipment and office furniture to the new location. 
    The move will take most of the week and the city’s electricians will need to complete the final connection of the balers once they are relocated. 
   If all goes as planned, the new recycling center will open on Friday, July 19.
   With relocation to the new recycling center, the city’s property on Avenue H can be used for development as part of Bay City’s North Downtown Plan. 
   The plan sets out to create an active, mixed-use district with a range of high-quality housing options adjacent to the historic Bay City downtown and local businesses. 
   The new recycling center is partially funded by a municipal solid waste grant in cooperation with the Houston-Galveston Area Council and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. 

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