At one time, the authority employed 28 full and part-time employees. A total of 16 of those employees were full time, Gunter said.
Authority board members and Hunyadi also discussed on Tuesday the transition from a public agency-operated center to one run by a private company.
Hunyadi announced he has ordered a new scale for the center, but is unsure exactly when it will arrive. He is also unsure when he will be able to renovate the building because of issues with the weather.
He hopes to have the center open and operating within a few months, he said.
He will continue to accept recyclables at the public drop off site next to the Slack Street recycling center while the transition is under way, he said.
The renovations to the building should not interfere with the public dropping off items in the recycling bins that are set up a large lot next to the facility.
The hours of operation for the public drop off will remain the same, Hunyadi said. The public drop off bins can be accessed from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
Hunyadi also said he would eventually like to switch to single stream recycling at the public drop off site. That would mean people would not have to sort their recyclables into different bins when dropping off items at the center.
Single stream recycling generally increases the amount of material being recycled, Hunyadi said.
The recycling center could also begin accepting glass once again in the very near future, Hunyadi said. The authority was forced to stop accepting glass at the recycling center when the building was deemed to be unsafe for employees.
Authority staff members had operated a glass pulverizer in the building to crush the glass into fine particles. The particles then were given away to people who wished to use it for decorative purposes.
The pulverizer was located in the building, and it could not be operated after the facility was closed.
Hunyadi is looking at how many bins he will need to set up at the center to accept glass. He will likely stockpile the glass recyclables at the Slack Street center until he can find a use for the material, he said.
One possible use for the pulverized glass is to temporarily fill potholes in the Slack Street recycling center parking lot and public dropoff site.