Oakwood relocated recycling center designed for efficiency set to open

Oakwood this week is marking the completion of its new 24/7 public-access recycling facility, a project expected to ease traffic congestion and improve efficiency. FILE

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Oakwood this week is marking the completion of its new 24/7 public-access recycling facility, a project expected to ease traffic congestion and improve efficiency. FILE

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OAKWOOD — The first Dayton-area city to start a weekly recycling collection program has moved its 24/7 public-access facility for that use.

Oakwood’s $380,000 project relocates the recycling center from the city-owned Creager Field Dog Park parking lot just north of the J. David Foell Public Works Center.

The Shafor Boulevard center is named after the city manager under whom in 1989 Oakwood started its weekly recycling collection program, a first for the area, records show.

The new site just south of the public works center received a $72,000 grant from the Montgomery County Solid Waste District, and is expected to ease traffic congestion and improve efficiency. It will officially open at a 4 p.m. Tuesday event, Oakwood City Manager Norbert Klopsch said.

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“Investment in this new recycling facility demonstrates Oakwood’s continuing commitment to recycling,” Klopsch said in a statement.

The county grant helped make the project feasible, Klopsch said. The funds were contingent upon the work — which had initially been scheduled for 2022 — occurring this year, city records show.

The recycling facility accommodates the 24/7 drop-off of yard debris, cardboard, and co-mingled recyclables such as glass, plastics and metal cans, according to the city. The site supplements Oakwood’s weekly recycling collection program.

But it is “larger so that we can provide space to address seasonal recycling for things such as string holiday lights and Styrofoam,” which typically occurs in December and January, Klopsch said in an email.

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The new location will create a safer environment by moving it away from the dog park lot, which is often congested with pet-owner traffic, Oakwood officials have said.

Dedicated to recycling drop offs, the new site will be “easier to get in and out,” Oakwood Engineering and Public Works Director Doug Spitler told the Dayton Daily News earlier this year.

“And they won’t have the combined popularity and traffic from the dog park,” he added. “So it’s going to be more convenient.”

The city owns 7.3 acres at 210 Shafor Blvd., county records indicate. That includes the dog park and public works center land, Spitler said.

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