Dart Opens Recycling Facility

Dart Manufacturing cut the ribbon for its Styrofoam recycling center in Quitman.

"This is going to require more labor. In a facility which we opened last year we're already receiving 20,000 pounds per month which is the equivalent of 20 semi-trucks," said Michael Westerfield, director of recycling.

Right now, no new jobs are being added. However, if response to the center is positive, as officials say has happened in other areas, the opening could lead to the addition at least two full time employees.

"When I see something like this coming in, I see that although something else has slowed down, we may have a future as this catches on and more people will be hired," said state Rep. Sherra Lane of District 86, Wayne Clarke and Perry counties. "And every job means that much right now."

'If collections of the Styrofoam come in, they could add on extra jobs," said District 4 county supervisor Paul Mosley. "It's according to how the people bring the Styrofoam in to be recycled."

City officials in Quitman say they are optimistic that Dart will add even more jobs in other parts of the plant.

"The business in this particular plant has been going up for the last six months," said Quitman Mayor Eddie Fulton. "When the economy has gone down, production here has gone up. So, they're doing something right. So, at some point they can make plates here and other foam products."

The recycled Styrofoam will be used to make picture frames and possibly other light weight products, such as rulers or cases for CDs.

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