Recycling Center expands hours to be open Tuesday morning

Users of the county recycling facility will notice a change beginning this week – expanded hours of operation on Tuesdays.

Cook County Planning Director Tim Nelson came before the county commissioners March 11 with the new plan and several other items.

Nelson, who also serves as solid waste officer, said he has been hearing comments and complaints for nearly as long as he’s been here (10-plus years) about the fact that the Recycling Center does not open to the public until 11 a.m. In response to those requests, Nelson said he is willing to implement a pilot program on a trial basis.

Effective immediately, the center will now open at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays until further notice.

Nelson explained that the reason the center has never been open between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. is to allow employees time to process materials that have come in either from the drop-off boxes at the center or those from remote trailers in other locations throughout the county. Nelson said if the expanded morning hours on Tuesday prove successful and don’t interfere with the work routine, morning hours on other days will be added.

Hours of operation for the Recycling Center are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for Thursday (open until 6 p.m.) and Tuesday (open at 9 a.m.), and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.