First-ever event is ‘recycling at its best’

Apr. 26, 2014 @ 02:32 PM

The City Operations Center on Beckford Drive was transformed Saturday into a one-stop shop for recycling.

It was the site of the first-ever Henderson-Vance recycling day where people could drop off clothing and household items, as well as metals, electronics and paper.

“Just about anything that can be recycled, we are taking,” said Terri Hedrick, of the Vance County appearance commission.

Thomas Ball, of C.J. Iron & Metal, said his company accepts most all metals that he sends to mills, where the metals are melted down to be used for a new product.

“For this to be the first time they had it here, this is a pretty decent turnout,” Ball said of the recycling day crowd.

Metech Recycling, which reuses electronic parts, Rebuilding Hope, the Salvation Army and Waste Industries were also collecting recyclable items from the public.

Anna Mae Toth came to drop off some bins of paper she wanted shredded.

“This was great,” she said. “I hope they do it again.”

Ana Vaughan brought some clothes for the Salvation Army and some plastic and paper items for Waste Industries.

“We have so many things at home that people just throw away,” she said. “I just keep thinking that we need to make it extremely easy for people to recycle, or else it’s easier to throw it in the trash.”

Anne Bunch, who volunteered at the event Saturday, said the recycling day coincided well with the typical time for spring-cleaning.

“We hope it will grow and be a good thing for the community,” she said. “It’s recycling at its best.”


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