Columbus, Ga., city officials plan to build a new recycling center in the next year to take pressure off of its current facility, which is at full capacity.
The new center will be four times larger than the one that opened in 2008, according to the WTVM TV station.
Auburn University uses the center to process its recyclables, the station reported.
Only 4% of waste in Columbus, Ga., is recycled.
"The sorting will be done not by human hands standing there at the curb. Actually the machine will sort the materials," Public Services Director Pat Biegler told the station. "... We need to be at 40% or 60% [recycling] because about 60 to 70% of what you throw away in the trash everyday is easily recyclable."