Jackson River Enterprises is open for business.
In contrast to comments on social media, the center is not closing. There are, however, some changes in recycling processes that may affect area residents.
Effective immediately, JRE is no longer accepting recyclable materials at its facility located at 825 W. Edgemont Drive.
For services in Covington, the city has placed one or more single stream recycling trailers at Casey Field and and JRE officials encourage all city residents to continue recycling to help Covington remain a clean and beautiful environment for all residents and guests to enjoy.
JRE continues to provide recycling services for Alleghany County with recycling trailers currently located in the county at Sharon Firehouse, Iron Gate Community Center, Island Ford Transfer Station, Clifton Middle School and Callaghan. JRE officials urge all county residents to take advantage of these trailers for the disposal of recyclable materials.
“JRE is in a period of transition as we aggressively pursue other employment opportunities for the special clients we serve,” said Russell Updike, chairman of the JRE Board of Directors. “We are optimistic that with some hard work, creative thinking and the support of our community, that we will find a path forward.
“While providing recycling services has been a big part of what JRE has done over the past 20 years, we do far more than just recycling,” Updike continued. “Our clients and staff perform contract work for various businesses in our area including janitorial services, commercial lawn care, office paper shredding, etc. This is in addition to our basket making program. We plan to expand upon the services that we provide.”
Anyone with needs they believe could be met by JRE is asked to call 540-962-3441.
“We want to thank all of the localities, our residents and our dedicated staff for the past support we have received,” Updike said. “There are very few organizations like JRE that exist in the commonwealth of Virginia and we have made it this far only with the support of our community.
“We look forward to working with everyone as we go through this time of transition,” he concluded.
The Virginian Review has been serving Covington, Clifton Forge, Alleghany County and Bath County since 1914.