It looks as if Baxley and Appling County will finally have a recycling program, at least for paper products. In case you missed the article on this week’s front page one young lady in the community, Tierra Lewis, recognized that our community needed to get a recycling program started and worked to get the ball rolling. Tierra, along with the Girl Scouts, now have a paper recycling program operating within county schools. Thank you Tierra.
Then along comes Tom Soder. Tom is with SP Recycling, a division of SP Newsprint. For a period of time this newspaper has worked on and off with various vendors in order to recycle our waste newsprint created in our printing plant. Several months back, Tom contacted The News-Banner and asked about placing recycling containers at our facility. It was a match made in heaven as we purchase our newsprint from SP Newsprint and also an answer to our desire to recycle waste newsprint.
Since SP Recycling can recycle just about any type of newspaper, magazine or office paper, Soder contacted City Manager Jeff Baxley and County Manager Lee Lewis. As a result of meeting with Baxley and Lewis, a partnership was also established with the city and county to recycle paper products. Baxley and Lewis also talked with Appling School Superintendent Scarlett Copeland, and she too signed on with the idea of recycling. It was great to see our local governments cooperating with each other and working for the betterment of the community as a whole.
It should also be noted that this is not the first time recycling has been discussed by our local governments. For years the city and county have both looked at ways to get recycling started in the community, but many of the programs researched have been expensive to get underway. This program will not cost the community a dime. SP Recycling will service the containers at its own expense.
It is still going to take a lot of hard work to make recycling a priority in our community. First and foremost, please do not deposit household garbage into collection containers as this could jeopardize the program completely. The containers are clearly marked and state for “Paper Only”. Secondly, participate. To make this program work, it is going to take the entire community getting on the recycling bandwagon. Who knows...if this program is successful it could lead to other recycling programs in the near future.
We need all the small businesses in town involved...the least expensive and easiest way is for offices to designate a container (box, can or whatever you can find) as a paper only drop spot then when it is full have it taken to the designated recycle containers within the county. It's a win/win for the entire county!