Earth First Breaks Ground on Recycling Center

Facility scheduled to be open by March 2013.

December 17, 2012
Recycling Today Staff
Earth First LLC, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., has broken ground on a recycling and transfer station in Fort Wayne, Ind. According to the company, when the construction is complete Earth First will operate Northeast Indiana’s only complete construction and demolition recycling operation.
The new facility also has been designed to allow for expansion of the recycling facility to allow for increased service in the manufacturing and commercial sectors.
Material to be handled by the new plant includes brick and block, concrete, drywall, wood, cardboard, plastics, metals, glass and paper. The 20,000 square-foot facility will contain a sorting line for separating materials, a two-ram baler for handling old corrugated containers (OCC) and plastics, loading docks and trailer bay for shipping residual wastes.
The facility, scheduled to be open by March 2013, will cost $2 million when it is complete. Earth First also says new facility will result in 15 new jobs.
Earth First has a fleet of trucks that will bring material to the site. Additionally, third party customers also will be able to deliver material to the facility, Earth First’s first C&D facility.
The company, founded in 2009, serves the recycling and solid waste needs of companies and residents in Northeast Indiana. The company was formed by Gregg Walbridge and Jason Pickerman, in an effort to bring back the locally owned, family atmosphere the Walbridge family had previously created at National Serv-all for more than 30 years. 
Kirk Salerno, a representative for Earth First, says the Fort Wayne area is an ideal location for the plant because at the present time there is no facility in the area that is able to process C&D material, “which has created the opportunity build the facility and divert the materials that are currently going to the landfill.”
When operational, “Earth First will operate the only facility of this type in Northeast Indiana and will have close proximity to all buyers/processors of the construction and demolition materials being recycled,” Salerno adds.
Earth First was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Recycling Market Development Program to assist in buying equipment for the facility.