Carter considering another Cherokee Park building for new recycling center

John Thompson • Sep 16, 2019 at 11:00 PM

ELIZABETHTON — There is finally some movement toward reestablishing a recycling center for the Carter County Landfill.

The Carter County Commission voted unanimously Monday night to get an appraisal on a large building that could house a new recycling center.

The recycling program in Carter County and Elizabethton has been stalled since a fire last month knocked out the recycling operation in the old Bemberg water treatment plant on Cherokee Park Drive.

The end of recycling has caused a lot of problems for both the county landfill and the city street and sanitation department. It was a matter that caused some discussion in last Thursday’s Elizabethton City Council meeting.

The actions taken in the Carter County Courthouse on Monday took place in two separate meetings. The Carter County Landfill Committee met at 5 p.m. to decide which of two vacant buildings would best serve the needs of city and county.

That committee chose a 45,000-square-foot building near the old recycling center on Cherokee Park Drive. The committee then brought a recommendation to the full commission an hour later to get an appraisal on the building at 405 Cherokee Park Drive.

The building is 150 feet by 300 feet on 7.7 acres of land.

The building was formerly owned by the Elizabethton/Carter County Economic Development Commission as a spec building. It was sold to Ry-Marc Plastics in 1993 for $300,000. The current owners are Jack and Sandra Keene.

The committee chose the building over a smaller facility off Hatcher Lane.

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