Recycling-for-cash at Albertson's will be permitted to continue in the coming year, but the site must be reduced to less than a quarter of its current size of 900 square feet, City Council decided on Monday night.
The city's four other recycling centers have shut down in the last year since the Council passed an ordinance placing new restrictions on the sites in residential and commercial areas. In the last several months, supporters of the center located at Albertson's have vocally opposed the move to close that facility saying they depend upon it for extra income and it increases local business.
The discussion at Monday's City Council meeting was a change of focus to safety for city officials who earlier primarily voiced concerns about appearance and public nuisance. "We are not shutting it down," Director of Development Services Mary Swink said on Monday's meeting, "We are merely making it safer."
In April, Swink told the Pasadena Star-News that the city wanted to remove the "dirty" facilities from the public eye. Councilman Gary Yamauchi said the centers were "creating a lot of noise and nuisance" and that the ordinance was passed in an effort to take control of that. Regarding the Albertson's location, he said, "I drove by there twice today, there must have been 10 to 15 people in line with their bags. I would rather see that shielded from the streets."
Yet, there was almost no mention of aesthetics during Monday night's meeting, as city officials stated their concerns over safety because the center is situated alongside the driveway of the parking lot. Alhambra City Council granted RePlanet Recycling one year to conform to new regulations, and will allow it to stay open under the condition that they downsize to 200 square feet.
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