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Recycling plant to be placed on Highway 49

Published 9:52am Thursday, July 7, 2011

Soon Dadeville residents will have a local place for their recycling needs, at least if it’s metal.

Dadeville Recycling will be located on Highway 49 North, where Tallapoosa Fertilizer used to be, and in 45 days, owner Jerry Rainwater, said the new recycling center would be up and running.

“We’ll be buying copper. We’ll be buying brass,” he said. “We’ll be buying old stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, old cars, old house tin. Anything that’s metal, we’ll buy it.”

He also said they would take aluminum cans, but not metal food cans.

But as for now there is still a lot of work to be done to the current building and location.

“I’ve got a lot of repair work to do,” he said. “I have to put new tin on the building, I’ve also got to put up a fence.”

Along with repairs to the building and a fence to surround the lot, Rainwater said some land still needs to be cleared and scales and other equipment need to be brought in for weighing and loading materials.

After all is done, Rainwater said he thinks the recycling center will bring revenue to the area, which is just one of the reasons he decided to open his business in Dadeville.

“There’s not one here, and I thought maybe we could come here and clean the city of Dadeville up,” he said. “And the revenue that Dadeville would be taking in would be anywhere from $40-50,000 a month that we’d be paying our customers that would be spent within 10 miles of right here.”

He also said he would be helping the area by hiring three to four local people to help in the office and to do manual labor.

“I just kind of want to help the City of Dadeville because … we want to clean it up,” he said. “So I think we’ll help Dadeville. I really believe we will.”

Rainwater who lives in Talladega County also owns Millerville Recycling and other centers in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.

He said he plans to open five or six more recycling centers in Alabama in counties surrounding Tallapoosa and hopes to retire in the Dadeville area within the next two years.