Lamont’s Community Recycling Under New Management

A San Francisco-based company is now operating a composting facility in Lamont where two brothers died in 2011.

Eric Potashner is the vice president of Recology and says the purchase of Community Recycling made sense to him.

“We have six other sites in northern California, and this was an excellent opportunity to expand our scope of services in this industry,” Potashner said.

Potashner said Recology is meeting with Arvin and Lamont residents to mend relations between the facility and both communities.

Sal Partida with the Committee for a Better Arvin says he’s cautiously optimistic the company can right some of the wrongs committed by prior management.

“For now, it’s a little bit too early to tell, but, right now, I can tell you that everybody is hoping for a big change,” Partida said.

Supervisors wanted the operation shut down after the 2011 incident, and multiple lawsuits over land use were also filed by the county.

– Anthony Pollreisz