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The facility will help Earth First handle collections from New Haven, which it secured a three-year deal with in January.

Earth First opens new facility today

Photos by Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
A welder adds a railing to the sort line under construction in the nearly 20,000-square-foot recycling building at Earth First’s new transfer station on Allen Martin Drive.

Earth First, a garbage pickup and recycling company, today will celebrate the grand opening of a new transfer station at its Fort Wayne headquarters at 4429 Allen Martin Drive.

The Allen County Department of Planning Services said Earth First invested at least $1.5 million on additional operations that company President Gregg Walbridge said will go a long way in serving its growing customer base.

He said the company invested an additional $500,000 in equipment.

In December, Earth First beat out National Serv-All to secure a three-year contract with New Haven. Earth First submitted the low bid of $7.69 a month for trash pickup and an optional $3.39 for recycling per resident.

Over the course of the contract, trash pickup in New Haven will increase to $7.89 and recycling to $3.59 in 2014 and again in 2015 to $8.14 and $3.79, respectively, officials said.

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