Keep Schuyler Beautiful will be hosting America Recycles Day on Saturday with a special event at the Colfax County Recycling Facility.
The center will be open on its regular Saturday hours of 9 a.m.-noon; however, the first 100 people to enter the facility will receiving a reusable grocery shopping bag, perfect for lugging large groceries during the always hectic Thanksgiving and Christmas periods.
America Recycles Day is a project spearheaded by Keep America Beautiful, of which Keep Schuyler Beautiful is a member. The actual day of America Recycles Day is Nov. 15, but due to the recycling center being closed on Friday, Keep Schuyler Beautiful Secretary Mary Peschel said that the next day will be Schuyler’s celebration.
“We try to come up with a different activity or different promotion each year to recognize America Recycles Day,” Peschel said. “We’ve given away goodie bags, we’ve done advertising in the Chamber newsletter encouraging people to recycle, we’ve done promotional things in the schools, different things to tie to recycling.”
The purpose for celebrating America Recycles Day is a simple one: To make sure that people are recycling items such as paper, aluminum cans, glass bottles, milk jugs, steel cans, etc., in order to create a better, cleaner world. It also helps to keep items out of landfills in order to prevent potential capacity issues.
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“The emphasis is that you recycle rather than landfill,” Peschel said. “There is a capacity issue that, at some point, there will not be (enough) landfills that can contain all of the materials that people across the country are throwing away.”
Peschel noted the example of the Butler County Landfill, where an expansion of the landfill has been planned by the operators, but the Butler County Board of Commissioners has not provided the necessary funds at this time. Having a robust recycling operation in a place like Colfax County could help in preventing a possible repeat of that situation.
“We have a good customer base of people that know where we’re at (and) they recycle,” Peschel said. “We don’t want those things (paper, plastic, glass) going into landfills if they can be recycled.”
The overall goal of the event is to allow people to understand the importance of recycling and to remember just how many good things recycling can do. Peschel is ready to tell people about how recycling provides a better alternative to just tossing things away and placing significant strain on smelly dumpsters and cluttered landfills.
“It is a day to remember (that) recycling is alive,” Peschel said. “It is a message that we want to spread, that there is an alternative to throwing everything in the dumpster and burying it.”