2018-02-08 / Front Page

Recycling Matters, Recycling Correctly Counts Too

By Cassidy Pittman STAFF WRITER

Fulton County continues its efforts to reduce, reuse, refuse and recycle. Last year’s numbers report nearly 190 tons of recyclables. Fulton County continues its efforts to reduce, reuse, refuse and recycle. Last year’s numbers report nearly 190 tons of recyclables. Through the course of 2017 Fulton County was responsible for the recycling of more than 190 tons of trash. How much is 190 tons? In paper, it could mean saving over 4,560 trees. In plastic waste, it could mean saving between 190,000 and 380,000 gallons of gasoline.

Fulton County recycling coordinator Greg Reineke says that he is impressed with the surprising number of citizens who are actively trying to maintain a cleaner, healthier environment for the future and hopes that they continue to reduce, reuse and recycle their household trash.

As residents continue their efforts to provide future generations with a cleaner Earth, they should be aware of a few things. Apple Valley Recycling Center is where all of the recyclables collected from the county go to be processed, and the center has some restrictions.

There are many products that can be recycled at the Apple Valley facility. They include office paper, shredded paper, newspapers and inserts, magazines, junk mail, envelopes, phone books and books with soft covers, paper bags, food boxes, milk and juice containers, paperboard packaging, empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls. Also recyclable are aluminum cans, steel cans, aerosol cans, paint cans and clean, empty glass food and beverage containers.

What cannot be recycled?

Products that are harder to clean, such as used paper towels, tissues or napkins are not accepted. The facility also does not accept Styrofoam, aluminum foil, scrap metal, broken glass, mirrors, candleholders, light bulbs, drinking glasses, dishes, ceramics or Pyrex. Ziploc bags, frozen food bags, food wrappers, and cheese bags are also products that don’t make it to the recycling center.

Other plastic bags, such as grocery/shopping bags, fresh vegetable bags, and bread bags can be taken to the Giant Food Store in McConnellsburg, where there is plastic bag recycling bin.

What should be done to recyclables?

Before taking used recyclable products to drop-off locations, containers or objects made of plastic or glass should be given a quick rinse. Cardboard boxes should also be broken down so that as much recycling as possible can fit into the bins. This is important because it can cost up to $300 for just one load of recycling material to be taken to the center, and if the space in the bins isn’t used maximally, then local pickup companies are being charged to transport air. The more that can be fit into the recycling bins, the less it costs to take the waste to the recycling facility.

Why keep recycling?

Although restrictions make it more time consuming and frustrating, there are still many important reasons to recycle. According to recycleacrossamerica.org, the average person produces 4.4 pounds of trash per day. That’s 1,606 pounds of trash per year. With just over 15,000 people living in the county that equates to 24,090,000 pounds of trash per year generated in Fulton County alone. If the community can recycle at least 1 percent of that it would mean saving 4,095,300 trees. It would mean saving 12,045 to 24,090 gallons of gasoline.

What else can be done?

Handmade composters can be made cheaply and quickly, and can be used to break down trash such as coffee filters, paper towels, napkins, and biodegradable food products such as coffee, tea, eggshells, and fruit rinds. Through proper composting these products can be turned into fertilizer in less than a month. Other products that are surprisingly compostable are those made of latex, such as balloons or condoms, cotton balls, matches, toothpicks, white glue, masking tape, plant-based cellophane, and corks. Hair, nail clippings, feathers, and shredded pet fur can also be composted.

To learn about more recycling opportunities or how to better conserve the planet, go to www.fultoncountyconservationdistrict.org/recycling.

Where can you take your recycling?

Fulton County currently has six locations for recycling drop-offs:

McConnellsburg Recycling Center – 610 E. North St.

Forbes Road High School – 143 Red Bird Drive, Waterfall

Bethel Township Municipal Building – 289 Long Hollow Rd., Warfordsburg

Old Thompson Township Municipal Building – 4256 Timber Ridge Rd., Big Cove Tannery

Licking Creek Township Municipal Building- 966 Forrestdale Rd., Harrisonville

Hustontown Country Market – 8933 Waterfall Rd., Hustontown.

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