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Committee promotes county getting green


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By C.J. MCMANUS
Sun Advocate community editor

Beginning in late January, a group of concerned citizens got serious about "going green" and started a plan of action aimed at making Price a more environmentally friendly community.

Their focus quickly became fixed on organizing a community wide effort in support of recycling in the area.

The eclectic group including two local business owners, two Price city council members, a retired social worker, an employee from Castleview Hospital, a teacher from Creekview Elementary, members of the College of Eastern Utah, the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and a secretary from the public health department who came together to aid in organizing the community's efforts to better the environment.

The team's initial discussion covered ideas concerning the recycling of paper, aluminum, cardboard and plastic grocery bags.

Creekview Elementary school currently has a program in which paper is reused and then recycled through a company on a monthly basis.

During their second meeting several new members attended and the group settled on its name, "The Green Team."

They plan to meet every second Tuesday at Price's city hall and welcome all interested to join in the effort. Being an ad hoc committee they are not funded by any entity, however, they have plans for possible grant applications and local business partnerships that could have a large impact in the community.

During their Feb. 12 meeting, the college showed their presence as Kathy Murray of the Sun Center detailed CEU's current efforts and challenges concerning recycling.

"We are collecting faster than we can get the material picked up," said Murray. "There are times that we simply run out of space for all the recycling we have."

Along with the Sun Center the college has the support of several other on campus groups including the Gay/Straight Alliance and the One Love Club.

The meeting was also attended by R&J Recycling who does the pickups at CEU and contends they can take all the recycling the college can dish out, at least in the paper and aluminum respect.

The business makes pickups at the library, College Business Building and local hospital just to name a few.

They can be reached at 637-5826 for any further information concerning recycled materials pickup.

"It sounds like what we need to work on is better coordination," said committee chairperson Jeanne McEvoy. "We need to find out what we have available and set up pick-ups, we just need to get better organized."

R&J's owners made it clear that, at the present point in time, their limitations concerning the materials they can take is primarily due to the expensive nature of compacting equipment used in the recycling world.

And while the committee has plans to expand into all types of materials, they sharpened their focus to collect all possible paper and aluminum now.

During the meeting, Moab's current recycling operation was reviewed as a high water mark for future environmental progress.

"We were very impressed by their facility," continued McEvoy. "They were well organized and kept everything very clean."

In addition to pooling the members' efforts, the group discussed the committee's interest to educate the public about the immense aid that recycling adds to the environment.

According to recycling-revolution.com, a used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can, in as little as 60 days.

"That's closed loop recycling at its finest," states that site.

Additionally, the informational and motivational webpage explains that:

•Used aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled item in the United States.

But other types of aluminum like siding, gutters, car components, storm window frames and lawn furniture can also be recycled.

•An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now.

•There is no limit to the amount of times aluminum can be recycled.

• A 60-watt light bulb can be run for more than a day on the amount of energy saved by recycling one pound of steel.

In one year in the U.S., the recycling of steel saves enough energy to heat and light 18,000,000 homes.

As for paper, the site explains that:

•To produce weekly Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.

The recycling of a single run of the New York Times would save 75,000 trees, reports recycling revolution.

The Sun Advocate prints on recycled paper.

The Sun Advocate also sends any unused paper back out for recycling after printing.

•If all Americans recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, about 25,000,000 trees could be saved every year, according to conservation officials.

•Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the United States alone.

There is also a common misconception that it is more costly to recycle paper than to start fresh.

However, several online informational websites espoused that the construction costs associated with waste paper is up to 80 percent less than when new materials are used.

"There is a strong core of individuals interested in recycling in this community," concluded McEvoy. "If we can get the word out and get others interested, I think we can start something really special here. It is going to take time and effort but anything worthwhile always does."

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