Recycling options expanding in Carbon County
When the Green Team began a push for more residents in Carbon County to start recycling, they took small steps with long term goals in mind.
Since its inception in February, 2009, the Green Team has been working towards providing Carbon County residents with ways of becoming greener, noting the need for recycling in the area. In April they placed two modified trailers in Price, one in the parking lot at Sutherlands and at Market Express Chevron service station on 121 N. Carbonville Road, that accepted aluminum and paper products. Their goal was to get the word out that there were other options available to the public instead of throwing away everything, aluminum and paper included, in the garbage.
Looking for feedback from those within Carbon County, the Green Team created a survey and distributed it all over Price and in other areas of the county. The feedback they received was simple in its clarity: provide more options for recycling and make it available for free or for a small fee.
Since then the Green Team has been working on getting another trailer prepped and ready for use and continuing the push for more businesses and residents to get involved with recycling.
Now a downtown business is offering another option that the Green Team could not handle before. Office Etc., 55 E. Main St., is offering Carbon County residents a local option to recycle ink and toners at its store.
Jacob Steele, manager with Office Etc., said the business has been recycling ink for about year. He did some research and found a retailer who will take used toners. This was after several local businesses asked about what could be done with old toners and where the nearest place was they could be taken, Steele said.
"So far the community has given us good feedback about having a place that is local to help take care of recycling ink and toners," Steele said.
Right now, those who want to recycle ink and toners can bring the materials to Office Etc. A box for collecting ink cartridges is already in place for people to use. With toners people need to walk up to the counter and ask for assistance from an employee, Steele said.
Office Etc. is looking to create some signage and put it up in the storefront to notify passersby what recycling options are available at the store.
The recycling program has spread the information within the businesses and its employees, some of whom said they knew nothing about the options within Carbon County, Steele said.
"Several employees here did not know about the recycling programs in the community," he said. "I think it's nice to give the rest of the community the option to be involved or not."
Green Team Board member Jeanne McEvoy said that she received several phone calls about what residents could and could not recycle. The fact she is getting feedback from the community showing the program is getting out into the public, McEvoy said.
"Things are getting better all of the time," McEvoy said. "Word of mouth is helping the Green Team and more people are now collecting their recyclables and are recycling them."
McEvoy said that a third recycling trailer, which is currently being worked on, is slated to be used mostly for events in the community.
The two recycling trailers have collected their fair share of paper in terms of pounds. Since they were put into use, the trailers have collected more than 7,000 pounds of paper, according to information provided by the Green Team.
With the current recycling options already available, McEvoy said the Green Team is looking to expand and provide more options for residents looking to use them. For the expansion to happen, people will need to voice their opinions and participate if and when they become available, she said.