An empty industrial building will be transformed into a recycling center in Houston.

A public-provide partnership will result in the opening of a recycling center in Houston.

Ozark Green Recycling, a Birch Tree-based firm, and the South Central Solid Waste Management District will open the operation in quarters in the south portion of the Texas County Food Pantry on East Highway 17.

The business will accept paper, plastic, cardboard, steel and aluminum cans, glass and electronics. There is a $20 fee to accept TVs and computer monitors. It does not plan to purchase steel, copper and aluminum. Two to three jobs will be created.

Hours are 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Ozark Green Recycling also will operate a rural recycling program. There is $1 per bag charge, which will cover the cost of sorting and baling the material. Blue recycling bags are available at the recycling center.

“Not only are you helping the environment by recycling, you are making it possible for someone to have employment through recycling,” said Dale Atchley of Ozark Green Recycling, whose Web site is situated at

The South Central Solid Waste Management District oversees efforts to reduce material going into the waste stream. The districts were formed to encourage regional, city and county cooperation in proper solid waste management. Districts develop programs to encourage waste reduction, recycling and proper disposal methods.

A grand opening is 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, Jan. 16. There will be door prizes and information available.

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