FLORENCE – Florence council members, Florence Recycling Department, mayor Steve Holt and a representative  from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management gathered August 13 at the Florence Recycle Center to celebrate the recycling program’s growth and a significant  new grant.

ADEM presented a check for $113,208.69 for funds awarded through the Alabama Recycling Fund Grant. This funding will increase efficiency at the Florence Recycle Center and will also strengthen community programs in Lauderdale County, Rogersville and at UNA. 

Florence Recycling began in 1988 largely through the efforts of the late Jean Gay Mussleman, a former Florence City Council member.  The program has served Florence and surrounding communities and municipalities for over 30 years. 

The Florence Recycling Program has steadily worked to improve efficiency and production. The Alabama Recycling Fund injected funding into the program in 2009 to bring the automation needed to expand recycling opportunities to surrounding communities. 

“This grant will allow us to purchase a new forklift for our recycling center, various containers for the University of North Alabama, and some larger containers that will be distributed out in the community, actually, some cardboard bins that can be used by businesses, and then, of course, the pickup truck for the City of Rogersville,” Florence Mayor Steve Holt said.

The success of the Florence Recycling Program combines the efforts of state and local leadership, our residents, school systems, and businesses. This cooperation has built a successful recycling program that supplies local manufacturers with raw materials supporting our local economy.

The mayor added that it’s all part of the city’s mission to maintain sustainability. 

Florence and Huntsville are the only Alabama cities that have been designated as TVA Platinum Sustainable Communities for their efforts in keeping the cities environmentally friendly.

former Florence City Council member.  The program has served Florence and surrounding communities and municipalities for over 30 years. 

The Florence Recycling Program has steadily worked to improve efficiency and production. The Alabama Recycling Fund injected funding into the program in 2009 to bring the automation needed to expand recycling opportunities to surrounding communities. 

“This grant will allow us to purchase a new forklift for our recycling center, various containers for the University of North Alabama, and some larger containers that will be distributed out in the community, actually, some cardboard bins that can be used by businesses, and then, of course, the pickup truck for the City of Rogersville,” Florence Mayor Steve Holt said.

The success of the Florence Recycling Program combines the efforts of state and local leadership, our residents, school systems, and businesses. This cooperation has built a successful recycling program that supplies local manufacturers with raw materials supporting our local economy.

The mayor added that it’s all part of the city’s mission to maintain sustainability. 

Florence and Huntsville are the only Alabama cities that have been designated as TVA Platinum Sustainable Communities for their efforts in keeping the cities environmentally friendly.