City, partners to host free recycle event

Published 3:00 am Friday, November 14, 2014

The City of Troy hosts its second annual Recycle Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and organizers say it’s a good opportunity to clean up, clean out and benefit the local community.

“People are often amazed when they get started cleaning out what all they find that can be recycled, said Stephanie Baker, who works with KW Plastics, one of the city’s partners in the event. “While recycling certainly keeps items out of the landfill, this is an opportunity to help others while cleaning out our basements and garages. With the partnership of Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army, this is really a reuse and recycle event

The City of Troy will partner Keep Troy Beautiful, KW Plastics and several local organizations to host the free, one-stop recycling event at the Lowe’s Parking Lot, 1421 U.S. 231 South, Troy.

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“This is the second year we’ve done this,” said Melissa Sanders, planning administrator and chair of Keep Troy Beautiful. “This is a one-stop drop off for people who have anything they want to recycle.”

The city will be accepting items it normally collects through the recycling program, including No. 1, 2, 4, and 5 plastics; plastic bags; cardboard and paper. “You can also drop off your electronics for recycling, such as old televisions, computers, even VCRs,” Sanders said.

Habitat for Humanity will be on hand to accept donated building supplies and tools to be recycled. Salvation Army representatives will accept used clothing, household items and furniture that can be recycled and resold.

“And, for the first time this year, First National Bank and Troy Bank &Trust have partnered to provide a safe, secure shredding service,” Sanders said. “So residents can bring any financial or personal papers that need to be shredded to this drop-off.”

Volunteers will be on site to help residents unload and dispose of recyclables, she added.

Items that can be recycled include computers; monitors; TVs; copiers; appliances; home electronics; plastic bags; paper; clothing; compact fluorescent light bulbs; cell phones; batteries; building supplies and tools; fixtures; useable wallpaper; ink and toner cartridges; metal furniture and toys; bicycles; aluminum cans; cardboard and paper; documents and bills; sellable household items; and No. 1, 2, 4 and 5 plastics.

“KW Plastics is proud to be a sponsor of City of Troy’s Recycle Day,” Baker said. “Recycling supports local jobs and is a boost to our local economy.”