Recycling Nets Big Haul in Kaufman, Rains Counties



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The Kaufman County Environmental Co-op reminds that recycling makes a difference for the environment and for communities.

Program and Outreach Director Neli Spurrell says that aluminum cans recycled today typically end up back on store shelves as new cans in as little as 60 days, and that more than half of all aluminum cans produced in the United States begin the recycling process either at local recycling centers, community drop-offs, or charity collection sites. Reverse vending machines or curbside pick-up make up the remainder.

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For a $15 individual annual membership, members can drop off electronics or small appliances at the recycling plant in Terrell. The co-op has collected more than 20,000 pounds of electronics, 45 cell phones, 10 pounds of batteries, and 22 eyeglasses.

A free, three-hour electronic waste collection event sponsored by the Rains County Recycling Committee and Kaufman County Environmental Co-op, assisted by Keep Point Beautiful, collected more than 20,000 pounds of e-waste in Emory. Approximately 100 vehicles, many hauling trailers, lined up so co-op contract laborers could unload TVs, printers, fax machines, monitors, lamps, curling irons, and more. James Woodson, a part-time employee in Rains County, and Rains County Environmental Officer Harold Carr brought two trailers full from the Road and Bridge Department Yard #4 in Point, and Rains County Good Samaritans volunteers brought three more.

During the week prior to the event, Keep Point Beautiful parked the trailers on Hwy.69, allowing Point residents to bring e-waste there prior to the Saturday event. People from Emory, Point, Canton, Winnsboro, Alba, Quinlan, Yantis, Wylie, Lone Oak, and the Lake Fork area brought their unwanted e-waste instead of dumping it.

Spurrell said four Emory events have exceeded expectations. She said the non-profit co-op is paid by the pound for e-waste, which is sorted into different types of recyclables and then sent to recycling companies around the world.

For more information about the Environmental Co-op, based in Terrell, go to www.trashbusters.org or www.facebook.com/trashbusters, or contact Program and Outreach Director Neli Spurrell at  ecoprograms@trashbusters.org or 972.524.0007.

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