Li­brary col­lects 500 pounds of re­cy­cling, earns bench

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­

In a short pe­riod of time, thanks to the com­mu­nity, the Sa­line County Li­brary has col­lected more than 500 pounds of re­cy­cling and will be get­ting a bench made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

“I didn’t think it would take less than two months for us to reach our goal, but it is amaz­ing we did,” said Leigh Espey, Bryant branch man­ager.

The li­brary be­gan ac­cept­ing gro­cery bags and other plas­tics July 1 at both branch lo­ca­tions. The re­cy­cling, in turn, goes to TREX, a com­pany that uses the re­cy­cling to make deck­ing ma­te­ri­als. The li­brary had six months to col­lect the 500-pound goal.

The bench the li­brary will re­ceive at the end of the six months will be made from the same deck­ing ma­te­rial.

Espey said the li­brary will con­tinue to col­lect the ma­te­ri­als through the end of the year. At the most re­cent weigh-in, the col­lec­tion was at 586 pounds.

The li­brary be­gan look­ing into the pro­gram be­cause it pro­vides plas­tic bags for pa­trons who have mul­ti­ple items. Espey said the staff is of­ten asked if the li­brary could re­cy­cle them.

When her son’s school did a sim­i­lar re­cy­cling drive, Espey be­gan look­ing into do­ing one at the li­brary.

“It is a need in the com­mu­nity and we get a bench,” she said.

The li­brary plans to do at least one more six-month drive af­ter this one is com­plete be­cause it has been so well re­ceived by the pa­trons.

Espey said pa­trons are glad to have some­where to bring their plas­tic bags and sim­i­lar re­cy­clables.

The li­brary has not de­cided where the new bench will be lo­cated.

Espey said when they be­gan col­lect­ing, she was not sure how long it would take. She was told 500 pounds is 4,100 plas­tic bags. Af­ter see­ing how much pa­trons brought in the first week, she knew the li­brary would make it.

She and the staff at the li­brary are grate­ful for the com­mu­nity bring­ing the re­cy­cling to help

them reach the goal.

She hopes the pro­gram has and will con­tinue to ed­u­cate peo­ple about re­cy­cling.

Any other busi­ness or or­ga­ni­za­tion that is in­ter­ested can visit www.trex. com to learn more about its re­cy­cling pro­grams.

The li­brary is con­tin­u­ing to ac­cept plas­tics.

The items the li­brary can ac­cept are:

•gro­cery bags

•bread bags

•case over­wrap

•dry clean­ing bags

•news­pa­per sleeves

•ice bags

•wood pel­let bags

•Zi­ploc and other re­clos­able bags

•pro­duce bags

•bub­ble wrap

•salt bags

•ce­real bags

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