Archive for Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Tonganoxie recycling sites expand

February 8, 2006

Local residents have another option when it comes to recycling.

The second Saturday of each month, at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, residents may drop off several types of recyclable products, including plastics, glass, newspaper and cardboard.

But the coordinator of the Sort Organize and Recycle in Tonganoxie program said the community needed more recycling availability.

The coordinator, Earleta Morey, recently spoke with a recycling coordinator in Lansing about bringing a recycling bin to Tonganoxie.

Now, residents now may take cardboard recyclables to the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church parking lot, 328 E. Fourth St.

Rev. Paul Waters told Morey the bin could reside there.

"He was very gracious to let us do that," Morey said. "I was stressed out about where to put it."

Morey said cardboard should be broken down because the bin is equipped with a small slot that cardboard is pushed through.

With SORT recycling just once a month, she said it was "hard to store things like that."

Cardboard and other items still can be dropped off on SORT recycling days --8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month -- at the fairgrounds.

Other recyclables, such as aluminum cans, plastic milk cartons, newspapers, telephone books, cereal box board, paper, metal cans and glass containers are accepted on SORT recycling days.

Morey said plastic bottles with container openings smaller than the containers' bodies are accepted. She also stressed that containers must be washed out before being dropped off and bottle lids should be removed. Window glass and light bulbs are not accepted.

The next SORT day will be this Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the fairgrounds. In addition, ABITIBI paper recycling bins are available at: Tonganoxie Elementary School, 304 Shawnee; Tonganoxie Junior High, 300 E. 24-40; West Haven Baptist Church, 1000 West St.; and Tonganoxie Christian Church, 204 Washington.

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