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Lawmakers to hold town hall on proposed new recycling plant in Stonecrest

Rep. Doreen Carter in the Georgia General Assembly in 2016. BOB ANDRES  / BANDRES@AJC.COM
Rep. Doreen Carter in the Georgia General Assembly in 2016. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Credit: Bob Andres

Credit: Bob Andres

Two state lawmakers from DeKalb County are hosting a virtual town hall Thursday about a proposed recycling plant near a residential neighborhood in Stonecrest.

Rep. Doreen Carter and Sen. Emanuel Jones will meet over Zoom at 10 a.m. Thursday to discuss the proposed construction of the Metro Green recycling plant. Residents can register for the meeting online.

According to a statement from Carter’s office, the plant is slated for 5152 Snapfinger Woods Drive, which is near a residential area and about 1 mile from Miller Grove Middle School.

The statement said Carter has received questions from residents “regarding why this project did not go before the city council before being approved for permitting.” Carter’s office said the land use is permitted under the city of Stonecrest zoning codes.

"Today more than ever, communities of color need elected officials who will fight for their quality of life,” Carter said in a statement. “That protection should extend to their physical environment as well. I think that it is important for each of us to come together to ensure that we have the best solution for our constituents to ensure that we are governing with their best interest at heart.”

Carter said she invited city and county officials as well as representatives from Metro Green to participate in the virtual town hall.

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