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J&A Recycling will begin curbside recycling in early December. Wesley Munoz, the company founder shown in this photo from summer 2019, has stepped aside, and his former silent partner, Dr. Robert Ryan Wooley, and the Wooley family are now owners and managers of the operation. (File Photo)

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Wooley family is running firm

The new management of the recycling company seeking to resume operations in the city of Roswell said that the service should be running by the first week of December.

Dr. Robert Ryan Wooley, who owns the company along with his father, Bob Wooley, the retired state representative, said they have assumed the ownership and management of J&A Recycling and anticipate beginning recycling collections on Dec. 1.

The company also plans to operate in Dexter, Hagerman, Lake Arthur and Artesia.

The Roswell City Council voted Nov. 12 to approve an operating agreement and the equipment rental agreement with the company.

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In December, a public hearing is expected to occur about an ordinance allowing the city to establish a non-exclusive franchise agreement with J&A Recycling. In the meantime, J&A Recycling is authorized to operate on an interim basis for three months.

Wooley, a physical therapist who owns Sentry Safety and Physical Therapy Specialists on North Richardson Avenue, previously was the silent partner in J&A Recycling. That company began in April 2019. Wooley said the founder, Wesley Munoz, could not continue to run the business, so the Wooley family decided to begin managing operations.

“Everywhere that I have lived before had the opportunity to recycle, and it just seemed like Roswell needed this,” he said. “I have another full-time business, so I am quite busy. But I would like to give Roswell and southeast New Mexico the opportunity to recycle.”

The company will operate out of a portion of a large warehouse at 6367 E. Clovis Highway.

Wooley said the company will provide the services to J&A Recycling’s previous customers at the same prices as before.

For new customers, four pricing options are available: $25 a month for customers providing their own bins and sorting materials; $27 for those who pre-sort but want to use the company’s bins; $35 for those who want to use company bins but will pre-sort; and $37 a month for customers not sorting and using company bins.

As part of the approved franchise agreement, the company has agreed to pay the city 7% of its gross revenues.

The company will recycle tin, aluminum, cardboard, paper and No. 2 and No. 3 plastics. The service will be weekly, with pick-up days determined by where customers live.

“We will not be able to accept glass until we get sufficient number of customers to sign up,” he said, explaining that glass recycling will require purchasing specialized equipment.

Wooley said that he expects people living in apartments or multi-family residences, rather than landlords, to become customers if they are interested.

“They would just set their bin out on the sidewalk of their particular building,” he said.

Wooley said the company is already signing up customers and that additional information is available on the company’s new website, www.nmrecycles.com.

Previously, the city paid for recycling services from its Solid Waste budget. Any money made from selling the materials was used to recover some of the costs. In 2018, after the international market for recycled goods dried up, the city also used revenues from its trash collection fees. City officials have said that recycling was running a deficit of about $225,000 a year.

City spokesman Todd Wildermuth said the large green collection bins will still be in place for a while. Previously the city had announced that only cardboard and cans are being accepted now.

“The city will maintain the collection bins for an additional 30 days after all the agreements are in place,” he said. “Anticipated removal of the bins is mid-January 2021.”

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.