Marietta Recycling Center needs more support

The Marietta Recycling Center at 915 Gilman Ave. recently notified our clients, by posting a sign at the center, that our financial resources were at an all time low. I would like to thank everyone who has been contributing to the donation tube, and otherwise, to help alleviate this condition. We are not out of the woods, but we were able to meet our expenses in January and February. It costs approximately $10,000 a year to run the center and last year we received $2,000 from our recyclables. That leaves a deficit of $8,000.

I would also like to thank everyone who:

– Breaks down their cardboard, places smaller pieces in empty boxes (if available), and stacks or throws larger pieces onto existing stacks.

– Sorts and removes cans from plastic bags and removes lids with metal inserts from plastic bottles (placing lids in the steel totes).

– Removes lids from rinsed jars and bottles and places lids in proper containers.

– Does not bring window glass, drink glasses, jars with candle wax residue, or perfume/make-up bottles.

– Bags plastic bags (film) separately.

– Checks the triangle on the bottom of plastic items and does not leave 3’s, 6’s, or 7’s.

– Does not abuse our dumpster.

– Does not leave furniture, tires, computer parts, clothes, food, or bags of mixed recyclables.

We continue to recycle many more items, especially plastic, than curbside recycling or other centers. We recycle flower pots, foil, batteries, bubble wrap, green and blue glass, egg cartons, shredded paper, and extraneous metal items. We constantly strive to keep as much as possible out of landfills. If you can spare an hour a week or more, please consider volunteering at the center from 8 to 9 a.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. A volunteer should be there to train you.

Again, many thanks to those who help keep our center open.

Becky Wright, volunteer