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Associated’s Recycling Depot Draws a Crowd

Staff Report May 4, 2010

The recycling facilities at the revamped Associated supermarket (corner of 44 Street and Greenpoint Ave.) appears to attract hoards of bottle and can collectors. Many wait in long lines for their turn to unload large loads of cans, plastics and glass.

One recycler said the facility is attractive since it has two plastic machines, two glass machines and one can machine. “It’s all here,” a man said, in broken English.

While there have been some complaints from readers about the machines and some of the recyclers, it is worth noting that Associated closes the facility each night at 8:00 pm and keeps a close watch over the facility.

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Yeah, “poster” is right. The other stores don’t seem to have good facilities. Maybe some one should find out why. Then these poor immigrants could go to the one closest to them– and they wouldn’t hang out in one spot in such big numbers.


hopefully the store maintains the area around the machine, as the sidewalks are often strewn w. trash and broken glass after a day’s worth of deposits. This is a huge eyesore in the making, and some of the men who gather there aren’t exactly respectful to the women passing through.


The law requires supermarkets to take back bottles. The question is why aren’t there similar facilities at all neighborhood supermarkets. Associated is trying to be a responsible business neighbor – a thing to be noted and appreciated.


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