Westmoreland Cleanways opens its new recycling center in Unity

Trib Live -Half an hour into the first day of operations at the new Westmore­land Cleanways recycling center in Unity, dozens of desktop computer monitors and disused televisions were piled up inside the main drop-off building.

“Man, this is great it’s back open. I’ve been waiting for it to reopen,” said Mark Nemeth of nearby Hecla, in Mt. Pleasant Township.

Nemeth was among the customers who formed a line of vehicles as they waited to drop off recyclables at the Westmore­land Cleanways facility at 355 Pleasant Unity-­Mutual Road, just south of Route 130 in Pleasant Unity. It opened for business Monday.

Ellen Keefe, executive director of the nonprofit environmental organization, admitted she had a few butterflies wondering how the new location would work out. She didn’t have to wait long for an answer.

“They were nearly backed out on the road when we got here, so we opened the gates a little early at 11:30 a.m. instead of noon,” Keefe said. “It’s been going very well so far.”

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