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Ralph Friebold, owner of Recycling Center of North Dakota, stands in the new recyling building in Jamestown. People can now drop off recycling at the former Coca-Cola bottling building. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Recyclers have a new location to drop off materials that aren't collected by the residential recycling program, according to Ralph Friebel, owner of Recycling Center of North Dakota.

After nine and a half years at its old location, the recycling center has moved to 1016 10th St. SE, the former Coca-Cola bottling plant in Jamestown. Hours for dropping off recycling remain from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

People dropping off materials should stop at the walk-in door on the east side of the building.

"The customer area is set up similar to what people saw in the other building," Friebel said. "Except it's heated."

Next to the walk-in door is a large overhead door for people delivering truckload quantities of materials.

Friebel said the facility is still a work in progress, but he has finished all inspections and modifications required by the city of Jamestown to use the building as a recycling center.

Over the next few weeks, a conveyor and sorting system will be added, he said. Until then, the recycling collected in Jamestown is baled and stored for sorting.

The conveyor system will move the materials past a dozen workstations where people will remove specific types of recyclable materials and deposit it in bins or bunkers below the conveyor.

The 12 bunkers will accumulate cardboard, four kinds of paper, four kinds of plastic, steel and aluminum. When the bunkers are full, the materials will be baled and stored until a shipment of at least 30,000 pounds can be made to a processing center.

Residential recycling collection began on April 2 in Jamestown. Friebel estimates between 60 percent and 70 percent of Jamestown residents are now participating in residential recycling collections.

"We're getting a good volume too," he said. "There is a higher amount of cardboard than we expected."

While the collection process is going well with few calls from residents, there are still some issues with the materials being placed in the recycling containers.

"Our biggest problem is Styrofoam," Friebel said. "We're still getting massive amounts of Styrofoam."

Styrofoam is recyclable but the cost of processing and transportation makes it infeasible to recycle in North Dakota.