Local recycling store closes due to the economy

By Molly Reuter - bio - email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

As many of us celebrate the upcoming inauguration we can't forget those struggling during this hard economic time. It seems everyone has been hit by the financial crunch, even those trying to "go green."

One East Texan was forced to shut down his recycling business.

For fifteen years, Dale Jamerson of DeJamco in Jacksonville has been selling recyclable materials.

"It progressed to where we were in Tyler, Athens, Rusk, Henderson, Palestine. We started growing," said Jamerson.

Now, his recycling center has come to a halt. Jamerson says when economic conditions took a downturn, people stopped buying products needing recyclable material.

"At the time we had about 100 dollars a ton, and it dropped to 25 dollars," explained Jamerson.

He said he could no longer afford to pay his nine employees, or ship the materials. So there it sits; tons of plastic, paper and metal.

"I don't know," said Jamerson. "I'm still trying to figure this out."

The City of Tyler says it's also seen a decline in prices. But encourages East Texans to continue going green.

"Our doors are going to remain open because we have a vendor that has a consistent buyer," said Kristi Boyett, Tyler Recycling Coordinator.

Unfortunately, Jamerson is not so lucky.

"All of what we have our home everything is wrapped up in equipment, you know the business," said Jamerson.

A family business, he said that's now closed because of the economy.

Jamerson says he hopes to re-open his business.

The City of Tyler says it welcomes those who recycled with DeJamco to come to Tyler.