The year 2012 has come to an end. It is now time to pack away Christmas decorations, freeze leftovers and focus on keeping those New Year resolutions for a least a few more days.
For myself, it is also time to look back on the past year and review the progress that has been made toward increasing recycling in Montcalm County.
As the last truck dumped its load of recyclables on New Year’s Eve, a milestone poundage was achieved that has not yet been recorded for the Montcalm County Recycle Program — 1,025,279 pounds of paper plastic, glass and metal was collected, sorted and given an extra life in 2012.
The one million mark shows nearly a 100 percent increase in poundage compared to the past five year average. I think it is safe to say that the increase in poundage is directly related to the increase in convenience and availability of the recycle drop-off locations.
As of Aug. 1, 2012, there are seven drop-off sites in Montcalm County that are open all day, every day and no sorting is required. If you want people to recycle you have to make it easy and accessible and I believe this program takes a step in that direction.
For those of you who have considered recycling but haven’t got around to, it might be time to give it a try.
Recycling takes a little time getting accustomed to but once you start I feel it is hard to stop. You can see the results each week when the garbage can is mostly empty and you have a car packed full of plastic water bottles and cereal boxes.
Just remember to check the recycle guide sign at each site to be sure you have acceptable items and don’t forget to clean out those peanut butter jars.
For information about the Montcalm County Recycle program, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (989) 831-7504.
Jacob Rytlewski is the resource recovery coordinator for Montcalm County.
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