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|Monmouth Cruise Night Recycling Effort Successful
|Green Solutions in conjunction with Maple City Recycling provided recycling bins this year for the Maple City Cruise night. Six 60-gallon containers were placed around the downtown for recycling. Over the course of the evening the group collected 70 pounds of newspaper, 20 pounds of cardboard, 11 pounds of plastic, 6 pounds of aluminum and 3 pounds of glass.
This was the first time recycling was attempted at the Maple City Cruise night. Green Solutions Committee member Linda Lee Blaine noted, "While we were only able to capture a small amount of all the recyclables disposed of at the Maple City Cruise night we were happy to be able to provide recycling and the Maple City Cruise Night organizers were very welcoming and helpful."
Green Solutions, a grass roots environmental organization for the Monmouth/Galesburg area, decided to try providing recycling at community events this year. The Maple City Cruise Night was the first attempt. "Of the six bins put out a few of them were too full of trash to be recycled and that impacted our effectiveness, but it is a learning process for us and for the participants and we anticipate it growing and improving so we can make a real dent in the amount taken to the landfill after community events," commented Blaine.
Committee member Isaac Yoder pointed out that "Even a small amount of recycling makes a difference." According to Isaac's calculation if all of the 110 pounds of recyclables had been aluminum, 2688 pounds of CO2 would have been prevented from entering the atmosphere. Isaac said, "a small dent made by recycling is not really anywhere near so small as we are sometimes lead and/or inclined to think."
Green solutions partnered with Maple City Recycling to make recycling possible at the Maple City Cruise night. "We had the volunteers and enthusiasm to bring recycling to the event and Maple City Recycling allowed us to use their equipment and were very helpful," stated Linda Lee Blaine.
Maple City Recycling employee, Mark Grover, commented, "Maple City Recycling supports the efforts of Green Solutions and was happy to partner with them to provide recycling receptacles for this year's Maple City Cruise Night."
Green Solutions will also be partnering with Maple City Recycling to bring recycling receptacles to this year's Prime Beef Festival. If you are interested in Green Solutions and would like to get involved please call the Linda Lee Blaine at the Prairie Tech Learning Center at 309-734-1068 or e-mail email@example.com.
(Submitted by Western Illinois Economic Development Partnership/Prairie Tech Learning Center)
|08 09 08 by Newsroom
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