Four Corners to sell recycling business
Ian Reilly, owner of Four Corners Recycling, picks up a client’s recyclable goods from their home in Rocky Mount on Monday.
Advocates for sustainable practices can now put their money where their mouth is.
The owners of Four Corners Farm — a “community-focused, family-friendly farm that practices sustainable agriculture,” according to their website — has announced that they are looking to sell their recycling business.
The Reilly family moved to Franklin County from Florida in 2010 and began raising pastured poultry, including laying hens, broilers, and turkeys in 2011, according to the farm’s website.
The Reillys acquired clients and equipment from GPS Recycling, which ceased operations in 2015.
Ian Reilly uses his trailer to collect recyclable materials from customers throughout the week and takes the collection up to a recycling center in Roanoke.
Reilly also picks up computers, monitors, old television sets and other electronics and disposes of them at designated drop-off sites.
“We just want to make sure that anything that should not be in a landfill doesn’t end up there,” Reilly said.
Customers typically pay for regular pickup annually or bi-annually, and rates vary based on their age, proximity to other clients, or veteran status.
The recycling business fits in with Four Corners’ mission of “being restorative farmers and conscious care-takers of God’s creation,” as their website states.
That mission, as it relates to the Mountain Valley Pipeline which runs through their property, has landed Four Corners in the news with some regularity.
The Reillys have been vocal opponents of the pipeline for years. In May, they were found to be in contempt after a judge ruled they had taken “passive and active steps” to support protesters blocking construction on their property. Ian and Carolyn Reilly were each fined $1,000.
The pipeline and their opposition to it has proven costly for the Reillys in many ways, but the recycling business has not.
Since taking over for GPS Recycling in September 2015, Four Corners Recycling has roughly doubled in terms of its customers, which are scattered throughout the county and in Roanoke.
“The main expenses are fuel and vehicle and trailer maintenance,” Reilly said. “There’s definitely a lot of growth potential, especially out by the lake.”
The trailer Reilly uses to pick up recyclables is included in the sale of the business, as well as the company’s customers and books. Any interested buyer should have their own vehicle, Reilly said.
Reilly will continue to run his routes until he finds a suitable buyer. He said he hopes to sell the business to someone who is passionate about the work.
“Our hope is that the business continues to grow in its impact in Franklin County,” Reilly said. “We want to find someone with the energy and inspiration to expand and make it even better.”