Pratt breaks ground on transfer station

Pratt Industries Division President Myles Cohen and Conyers Mayor Randy Mills break ground at Pratt's new transfer station.

Pratt Industries Division President Myles Cohen and Conyers Mayor Randy Mills break ground at Pratt's new transfer station.

Pratt Industries, a Conyers-based recycled paper and packaging company, recently broke ground at the site of the soon-to-be-constructed solid waste transfer station at the company's corporate campus, 1920 Sarasota Business Parkway.

Pratt is constructing the transfer station as part of a long-term public-private partnership between the company and the City of Conyers. Pratt will collect solid waste and recycling at about 3,500 households in the city of Conyers beginning in September.

"The contract transitions Conyers' municipal solid waste collection to Pratt's Recycling Division," said Division President Myles Cohen in a press release. "Additionally, the transfer station will also accept residential and commercial solid waste from other waste haulers and cities in Georgia."

Any recoverable paper entering the transfer station will be diverted from landfill and used to make 100 percent recycled paper at the company's Conyers mill. Other commodities, such as large cardboard boxes, coming into the transfer station that can serve as feedstock for the company's on-site waste-to-clean-energy plant will also be diverted from landfills to create renewable energy.

City of Conyers Director of Public Works and Transportation Brad Sutton said Pratt, within the next two years, also plans to add a section to the transfer station, a material recovery facility, that will sort out recyclables on a conveyor belt. The new transfer station will employ five workers, and the addition of the conveyor belt system will mean the hiring of at least 45 additional people.

"Any time you can do something that will create 50 to 55 jobs is a good thing," said Sutton, who added that the current Conyers sanitation workers will retain their jobs, but be employed by Pratt.

Sutton also said that the city of Conyers used to take its recyclables to East Point and waste to a facility near Griffin.

"This will be so much more efficient," Sutton said.Pratt saves the equivalent of 50,000 trees through its recycling operations in more than 20 states across the U.S., according to the release. The company also employs 4,000 "green-collar" workers and continues to expand.

"We see this as a new opportunity to create jobs, protect the environment, and divert valuable resources from being sent to a landfill -- so it's good for everyone," said Cohen.

"We're proud to begin this next chapter in our relationship with the city of Conyers. This new facility is Pratt's first solid waste transfer station in the U.S. and is another step in a long line of firsts for Pratt and Conyers."