City and county team up to clean up abandoned recycling facility on interstate

City, County request money from state to clean up recycling center

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - City and county officials say an abandoned recycling facility north of Lubbock has been a public nuisance and health hazard for many years now needs to be cleaned up.

Monday, the Lubbock County Commissioner’s approved an $11.7 million resolution with the City of Lubbock to clean up the area. The resolution plans to take care of the I-27 recycling facility north of Lubbock that burned several times in 2002 and 2009.

“This plan will allow the city and the county to work together to encourage our legislators to move some money to clean up the area finally, once and for all,” Curtis Parrish, Lubbock County judge, said.

Lubbock City Council plans to consider a similar resolution on Tuesday during its regular city council meeting.

“We’re working collaboratively with the county and more importantly with the state to try to get it cleaned up,” Mayor Dan Pope said.

Both the city and the county agree that something needs to be done because not only is it a nuisance and is dangerous.

“We have some environmental risks there to clean up. I think the biggest risks are the environment and maybe, more importantly, it’s on our front door so we need to do something to take care of it as our community grows,” said Pope.

The resolution requests as much funding as needed to restore the property which Judge Parrish says would come from a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality fund with the state.

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