Where does it all go?
The streets of downtown High Point have seen lots of traffic the past few days due to the 2013 Spring High Point Market.
They also have seen plenty of discarded boxes as sellers add more to their showrooms for buyers to purchase.
Employees of the city’s Materials Recovery Facility have been busy making sure the streets are spotless for commuters, both those walking and driving, through downtown. Facility Superintendent Melanie Bruton said the center starts preparing for the increase in recycled materials well before market begins. They start preparing a month before the actual market hits town by bringing in temporary help and scheduling the regular staff to work longer shifts to make sure they can operate 24 hours a day.
“All of these showrooms are starting to get ready, and things are being shipped out. You have people who wait until the last two weeks, and some that wait until the night before,” Bruton said. “ We try to make it as easy as we can for them. We want to make sure that we keep downtown clean and recycle as much as we can.”
While Bruton agrees that their busiest time is before market launches, she said the facility will work to the very end of market.
“During market, we process over 300 tons in a two-week period,” Bruton said. “We don’t charge all the vendors to participate in the recycling, the city does it, so that in itself is an incentive for them to be here. We collect it several times a day, run 24-hour shifts and work overnight to get the city cleaned up and recycle every bit of it.”
Bruton said the center already has processed, baled and shipped 312 tons of recyclable materials. The city gets paid for every ton of cardboard sold.
“Last year, cardboard was up. It was between $160 and $170 a ton. Right now, it is right at $132 a ton,” Bruton said. “We are still making some money.”
The market will end Thursday afternoon.
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