Recycling center in SLO closes

Saturday was the last day of operation for the recycling center behind the Marigold Center on Broad Street in San Luis Obispo.

The center was closed because the state is no longer providing the monthly subsidies needed to keep it profitable, said Tom Martin, general manager of San Luis Garbage. A $3,000 per month subsidy was lost due to the state’s budget crisis.

Martin said he would consider reopening the recycling center if the subsidy were restored. It costs about $40,000 to staff the center.

Other recycling centers in the county could also close in the coming months, county waste management officials say.