|Recycling Bins for New Albany
By Angie Barmer
The City of New Albany is starting to ’go green’ with its efforts in offering recycling to citizens in the community.
Union County Development Association and the newly formed New Albany
Recycling Committee have taken strides in getting recycling bins that
will be placed in various locations throughout the city.
groups applied for a recycling grant through the Mississippi Department
of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and both received the approval to have
recycling bins delivered and to put in place as soon as possible.
UCDA will receive fifty 22-gallon bins and the committee will receive forty 22-gallon bins.
bins for UCDA are planned to be put in place at UCDA and at all of the
New Albany schools. Aluminum cans will be recycled in these locations.
The New Albany Recycling Committee plans to put recycling bins at the
Rails to Trails Trailhead and at the New Albany Sportsplex and plan to
recycle paper and plastic bottles. Walmart Supercenter offers recycling
containers at the front entrances for people to recycle plastic bottles
and plastic bags.
Jean Ashcraft with
speakgreenMS.org and speaking on behalf of UCDA, said, “Since Mayor
Walter Johnson was the mayor of New Albany, we had been trying to get
recycling started but it was never time. He had the vision of the New
Albany Sportsplex and Kathryn Dye had the idea for the Park Along the
River. I have lived in Columbus, Ohio, South Carolina, Washington and
everybody recycled and I came home and there was no recycling.”
Foster, a volunteer with UCDA for the recycling project, said, “I want
to get recycling started in New Albany too. It’s important to me.”
said, “Recycling is just a no-brainer. It takes less money to recycle
than it does to use the natural resources to begin from scratch. And
also it helps with the landfill. The process of recycling also raises
“Anything anybody does
toward encouraging recycling, any kind of conservation of our natural
resources, we should all be more aware of it. I think everybody realizes
that if you want to get to the grownups, you start with the children,
so if you can start with the children to get them to understand this and
why it’s necessary, it’s mainly for them anyway and their kids. This
isn’t going to affect us as nearly as much as it is going to affect
them,” Ashcraft said. “If you go through the act of recycling, it makes
you aware. If you throw everything hodgepodge into a trash can, you are
not being grateful for what you have just consumed, you are just getting
rid of it. It is debris, but if you recycle it, it is moving forward
into something else besides a landfill.”
Albany School Superintendent Dr. Charles Garrett said, “We are going to
start with aluminum cans. If the volume isn’t there, we might try paper
or plastic. The Earth contains finite resources and I think it’s just
part of being a good citizen that we all learn to conserve and recycle
and manage the resources.We appreciate Mrs. Ashcraft and UCDA to get
He added, “Supporting New
Haven is very important and we want to do that. We hope to be a part of
a recycling program when school begins next year and we would want it
to be a K-12 effort. Truthfully, our youth are often times the easiest
to help develop new habits. Recycling is most successful with our
youngest early on. I think they would be a big part of this project.”
plan is that the cans that will be recycled through UCDA and the New
Albany School District will go towards the New Haven School for Special
Needs Adults. The goal is to collect a million cans for New Haven that
will go towards a new addition.
Cross, director for New Haven, said, “In 2009, we had a need for a bus
and launched a campaign. We are outgrowing our building. The money we
can get for recycled cans could be the seed money to provide additional
space so that we can serve our current clients and have space for
Foster said, “I have
lived in Jackson, Miss. and I lived in Oxford for two years. I recycled
cardboard and cans. It was a reason to be proud of Oxford. I did it for
so long and when I came home, there was no recycling. I work at
Sugarees and they recycle, so I bring my recycling there.”
For more information, visit speakgreenMS.org.
City of New Albany Recycling committee met in January to discuss plans
for recycling. Locations that were mentioned to put recycling bins are
the Rails to Trails trailhead, New Albany and Union County Schools and
the New Albany Sportsplex.
agreed to recycle plastic bottles and paper at these locations and
talked about appointing someone to monitor the bins.
to MDEQ, the bins that were donated from MDEQ are designed to increase
the collection of recyclables including various paper products as well
as aluminum, plastic, and glass containers. MDEQ, along with the Alcoa
Recycling Company, the Mississippi Recycling Coalition, and the
Southeast Recycling Development Council are partners in providing the
grants for the bins.
The recycling bins are being distributed beginning this week to UCDA and The New Albany Recycling Committee.
were sponsored by the Alcoa Recycling Company, the Mississippi
Department of Environmental Quality, the Mississippi Recycling
Coalition, and the Southeast Recycling Development Council.
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