A Buddhist church located at Broadway and Riverside Boulevard has recently raised concerns about a nearby recycling center, saying it has attracted problems such as trespassing at the church’s property and human urination.

The center, MS Recycling, is located at a Valero gas station next to the Buddhist Church of Sacramento. The center leases from the property owner of the gas station, Vince Lera, according to city documents.

“We've got community programs running from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., seven days a week, that serve the very young and very old. And they deserve a safe and clean environment,” Kelvin Mark, president of the Buddhist church, said in an e-mail.

Lisa Nava, district director for Councilman Rob Fong, wrote in Dec. 23 e-mail to the Greater Broadway Partnership that the center will be closed down. Nava said the recycling center would be closed down because the Valero gas station intends to install a biofuels station to next to its gas offerings and will no longer have space to lease to MS Recycling. However, Nava said she did not have a timeline for the closure.

Mark claimed that a litany of problems are occurring because of the center, including littering, narcotics peddling and indecent exposure. He said he has called the police for drunk and disorderly behavior.

The Greater Broadway Partnership, an alliance of businesses on Broadway, has also become concerned about activities at the center. “We felt the operation of the recycling center was not being done in a responsible manner,” said Teresa Rocha, the partnership’s executive director.

Attempts to talk to employees and managers of the recycling center were unsuccessful. One of the recycling center’s workers declined to be quoted.

Mark said he was unsure about the status of the recycling center, saying “the words from Lisa Nava are (that) we don’t have any details on when the closure will happen or how it will happen.”

Photo by Kathleen Haley.

Kathleen Haley is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.