The Sandy Springs Recycling Center used to operate around the clock, but the center has installed a gate and now has new hours.
Photo: AJC file
Photo: AJC file

No more 24-hour access at this north Fulton recycling center

The Sandy Springs Recycling Center will no longer be open around the clock.

Kathy Reed, the executive director for Keep North Fulton Beautiful, announced that gates have been installed at the center and that it will operate under new hours.

For more than 30 years, the center has made recycling bins available 24/7. That practice is no longer sustainable, Reed said.

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The addition of gates is intended to provide a solution to the ongoing problems of overnight theft from the center, the illegal dumping of non-recyclable items and non-payment for items requiring a fee, Reed said.

“I’m anticipating some confusion at first, as people adjust to the new hours,” Reed said in a statement. “But I hope that everyone understands that we put a lot of thought and planning into this decision, and in the long run, this adjustment will enable us to sharpen our focus on customer service for the dedicated recyclers who enjoy our center.”

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. On Tuesday and Thursday, it will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will be closed on Sundays and all major holidays.

“We did an extensive study on the impact of installing gates,” Reed said. “We wanted to make sure we were accommodating our customers who want to recycle after hours, while following industry best practices of having lockable gates when the center is not staffed.”

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