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By Judy Wolfram


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Let’s talk about recycling--something that has been discussed a lot lately. I am a complete recycler. How many of you out there are recyclers too? Let me see by a show of hands. Hmmm.

There should be more.

In last week’s Reporter’s Reflections, Lisa did a good job discussing recycling, but I would like to add a few things.

Plastic containers to be recycled must have a 1 inside the triangle on the bottom with the words “PET” or “PETE” beneath, or a 2 inside the triangle with “HOPE” beneath. Pop the ring and trash the ring with the lid. These containers include milk jugs, juice bottles, water bottles, softener and liquid detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, lotion bottles and mustard, ketchup and peanut butter jars. All must be clean and lidless.

After you rinse aluminum cans, pop the tabs and put them aside for Energy Express (WVU Extension’s summer school) before you put them in the recycling bin. While bagging your cardboard to recycle, put the cereal boxes aside for Energy Express as well. Cut off the red education points for Pleasant Hill School (Campbell’s soup labels too).

While doing your dishes, wash your tin foil and put it on a dish towel or paper towel (which you can dry out and use again) to dry. You can bag it along with clean cat food, kippered herring and sardine cans. Pop those tabs for Energy Express. You can add aluminum pie pans, pot pie tins and TV dinner containers to this bag.

Don’t forget to recycle your household batteries.

I hope I have helped you on your way to recycling. If you have any questions, call Cabot Recycling, 354-7786, or call me, 354-7069. I’ll do all I can to help you.

(Judy Wolfram is the vice chairman of Calhoun County Solid Waste Authority, which oversees Cabot Recycling. Cabot is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for recycling drop-offs. Those who would like to be paid for their contributions need to visit Tues-days and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.)

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