Liberty Recycling, which has recently faced a lot of controversy after complaints cited 40 explosions and two major fires within the last 18 months, will be moving the portion of the operation that crushes cars to a new facility.

This process is what's most attributed to the loud explosions, and has caused damage to residences.

"Today is a great day for the residents of District 2, Tuscaloosa’s West-end, and also for myself as council representative for District 2," said Councilwoman Raevan Howard in a Tuesday press release. "I have been working since I was first elected to serve this district in 2017 to have the Liberty Recycling Company relocate its operation."

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"The company, which has been a nuisance through loud noise and other disturbances for several years, has caused residents to organize and protest against the business’ current location," she said.

Howard said the Recycling center has been working to develop on the new site for a while, but officially received a building permit last month. Liberty informed Howard that the new facility intends to have the new shredder operational by the end of the year.

However, the facility will not be operating at full capacity until into early summer 2022.

"This marks the end of what our community has fought for since my tenure on the council, and I want to thank all residents that took part in this very important venture," Howard said.

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