(09/14/2005)
Submitted by Tracy Mills

The Calhoun County Solid Waste Authority (CCSWA) is a non profit county organization formed by our state. It gives citizen input to solid waste management on a local level.

Funding for the Cabot Recycling Station (CRS) comes from money that is made from marketing the recyclables and assessment fees on solid waste deposited in the state's landfills.

However, a majority of the funding to keep the program going comes from Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) REAP program recycling grants and the Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB) grants for county solid waste authorities.

Not every county has a recycling center. Calhoun is very lucky to have one; otherwise the people of Calhoun would have to drive to surrounding counties to recycle.

Recycling is important to our environment. The earth is full of people and the population is continuously growing. If every person continues to put all of their trash in landfills then eventually they will become full and the trash eventually may end up at your back door.

You save money when you recycle. The Cabot Recycling Station will accept a one dollar donation for every one bag of trash accompanied by two bags of recyclables.

For the average house they could entirely do away with their trash services. That's money that could be spent on other household needs.

CCSWA is made up of a five member volunteer board; Judy Wolfram - Chair, Tracy Mills - Vice Chair, Michelle Smith, Lisa Laughlin, and Joann Dunn. Cabot Recycling station has two full time employees and the station gladly accepts volunteers any time. All recyclable material must be clean and dry. Program criteria are as follows:

Public drop-off is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

WE ACCEPT

FOIL and other aluminum cans

PAPER PRODUCTS - Cardboard (flatten), computer and copy, junk mail, envelopes, hard covered book paper, colored paper, white paper, newspapers-magazines-paperbacks

PLASTICS - clear water jugs, clear and colored #2 HDPE, colored liquid detergent bottles, all colored bottles of #1-PET

STEEL CANS - soup and vegetable cans (with or without labels), all dry batteries (AA-D-etc.), Large household appliances can be dropped off in back

WE DO NOT ACCEPT

Yard sale items, electronics, clothes, furniture, tires, hazardous waste or liquids, glass

WE PAY FOR - Buyback is open on Tues., Thurs. & Sat

Aluminum pop and beer cans, brass, copper, stainless steel, sheet and cast aluminum, radiators, other non-ferrous metals, lead acid auto batteries

For more information call 354-7786


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