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State grant to help city expand recycling

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is assisting Kingman in its recycling efforts.

The department has awarded a $76,225 performance-based contract to a California company to establish a material recovery facility in Kingman.

The facility will be located at Kingman Auto Recycling, also known as KAR Recycling, 3800 Andy Devine Ave.

KAR Recycling will be a partner in the project with the company, C&M Fiber of Corona Del Mar.

The state gave the funds directly to C & M Fiber as reimbursement for 76,225 in start-up costs.

The money will buy equipment such as a horizontal baler to prepare the collected material for transportation to market, a bobcat loader to feed the baler, and roll-off bins, tilt bins and large wire baskets for collection and storage of recyclable material.

The reimbursement will be paid in four quarterly payments as the company submits reports and invoices explaining how the project is progressing.

Organizations receiving state funding are chosen through a competitive process in which the Arizona Recycling Advisory Committee evaluates proposals on several criteria.

The committee is composed of government officials, private company representatives and a representative of the public at large who are familiar with recycling and solid waste disposal issues.

The C & M Fibers project was one of nine chosen from 40 applications received.

The committee recognized the need for a materials recovery facility in the Kingman area, said Department of Environmental Quality media relations assistant Sina Matthes.

C & M Fiber plans to divert 2,000 tons of solid waste from local landfills.

The company has been working with KAR Recycling and area waste haulers during the past year and processed approximately 1,000 tons of cardboard.

The company's estimate of 2,000 tons is based on these preliminary findings, the desire for the community to recycle, and the potential addition of other recyclable materials such as aluminum cans, steel cans, scrap mental, newspaper, mixed paper, PET and HDPE plastic bottles, Matthes said.

The contract was awarded through the waste reduction assistance program to provide Arizona residents with funding assistance to promote recycling within their communities.