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Recycling in the Valley for Earth Day

By: Todd Corillo Email
By: Todd Corillo Email

Friday marked the 41st annual Earth Day, and many in the Valley recycle for their part to make the community greener.

At the recycling center in Waynesboro, recycling assistant Chuck Conner says the facility accepts a lot of different materials.

"We take 1 through 7 plastic, we take glass, brown, green, clear glass all goes in one container, we take tin cans, we take aluminum cans, and we take cardboard and newspapers," explains Conner.

In Staunton, Director of Public Works Tom Sliwoski says recycling is mandatory for city residents and businesses that have city pickup.

Recycling materials not only helps protect the Earth, but it also helps cities in the Valley save money on expensive landfill costs.

"Landfill space is very expensive. It's expensive to acquire, to develop, so we want to try and keep as much material out of the landfill as possible. It is expensive to develop landfills, to create new cells, to have them comply with the new federal and state requirements," says Sliwoski.

Recent statistics show that Staunton's recycling numbers reflect that more and more materials are being kept out of the landfill.

"In FY09, we picked up a total of 591 tons of materials. In FY10, that jumped to 624 and to date we are at about 535 so we are looking to at least match last years numbers or get them a little bit higher," comments Sliwoski.

He says those numbers show a changing attitude towards recycling.

"Recycling is starting to grow, it's starting to catch-on, people are a little bit more concerned about the Earth, about the environment, and they want to try and make a difference and I think those numbers reflect that attitude that people have," adds Sliwoski.

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