On Friday, Nov. 15, the Western Slope Conservation Center will host a letter-writing drive at the Paonia Public Library to thank the Delta County commissioners for supporting recycling. The Conservation Center joins thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.
In honor of America Recycles Day, all Delta County residents are invited to come to the Paonia Public Library between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, to write a postcard or letter to the Delta County commissioners thanking them for the county recycling center.
The recycling center, located at the county's integrated solid waste transfer station three miles southeast of Hotchkiss off Highway 92, is in its second year as a pilot project and is set to expire in March 2014. It has been open to all Delta County residents and businesses free of charge since February 2012, but is costing the county upwards of $10,000 a year to operate, money they are not certain they can budget into the future.
On Nov. 15, the Conservation Center will provide stamped envelopes and blank postcards and letters for residents to write why they think the service is worth keeping. The Conservation Center will also hand out additional resources for recycling in Delta County at the drive. "The North Fork recycling drop-off center is an extremely valuable asset in our county. Up until it was opened in 2012, most residents of the North Fork didn't have anywhere to take their recycling and only the most committed drove carloads of cans and bottles and cardboard to Grand Junction or Montrose. I am consistently inspired by how many people use the station now — it's bustling every time I go. I think the recycling center will only continue to gain more users as recycling becomes the new normal here," said Sam Brown, the volunteer chair of the Delta County Recycling Committee.
"We are very proud supporters of the Conservation Center's America Recycles Day event and commend their efforts to promote recycling in Delta County. Recycling is the easiest thing we can all do to save energy, conserve natural resources and create green jobs. Currently our national recycling rate is 34.7 percent annually and collectively, through events like these, we aim to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year," said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president of recycling at Keep America Beautiful.
Individuals who cannot attend the letter drive this Friday can send a letter or email to the commissioners from their home or swing by the Conservation Center's office at 204 Poplar Avenue in Paonia anytime before February to fill out a postcard. Businesses, educators and non-profit organizations are also invited to conduct mini-drives among their customers, employees or students. For more information about writing a letter or organizing a drive, contact the Conservation Center at 527-5307 ext. 204.
America's leading companies are proud to make America Recycles Day possible. National sponsors of America Recycles Day are Anheuser-Busch, Amcor, America Chemistry Council, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Rubbermaid Corporation, The Home Depot and Waste Management.blog comments powered by Disqus