Friday, November 9, 2012
There are many excuses people use when throwing away an item that could be recycled or reused, such as not knowing if it can be recycled, not knowing where to take it or being afraid one’s sensitive information contained might be compromised.
The Mountain Stewards is organizing an event that invalidates all of the above excuses and more with the group’s first-ever Recycle Fair, to be held at the Signal Mountain Recycling Center Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Several organizations will be on-site that day collecting a variety of items, allowing community members to get rid of a wide range of stuff in one trip.
“It’s an opportunity to clear out your garage and the attic for the holidays,” said event organizer Corinne Giagnorio.
Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore will be accepting building materials, tools and other garage castoffs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other items to be accepted include cabinets, plumbing fixtures and unrusted cans of paint at least 75 percent full.
Docu-Shred will be on-hand shredding documents to alleviate identity-theft concerns from 9 a.m. to noon, and Signal Mountain Social Services will be collecting gently used clothing to sell at the Clothes House as a fundraiser for the organization.
The Gear Closet will help find a new home for old tents, kayaks, camp stoves, climbing shoes, Frisbees and other outdoor gear that has spent too much time collecting dust indoors. As an added bonus, all proceeds from the items’ sales will go toward educating kids at home and abroad about the importance of clean water.
Giagnorio said the Stewards will also be setting up bins to collect items that can be used in the community, such as clothes hangers or egg cartons.
“It will be a lot of fun, and hopefully [attendees] will learn more about ways we can use and recycle material and reduce our overall waste,” she said.
The fair is the Stewards’ celebration of America Recycles Day, which will be recognized in communities across the nation Thursday, Nov. 8. The local group’s members chose to hold the Signal Mountain event on Saturday, which is typically the Recycling Center’s busiest day of the week, Giagnorio said.
In addition to raising awareness in the community about what can be recycled, the event is also intended to spread the word that anyone can use the Recycling Center, not just town residents, as was once the case.
She said she also wants to make sure people know the town now offers single-stream recycling, eliminating the need to sort items and making the process far more convenient.
“Once we went to single-stream recycling the volume really increased,” said Giagnorio, adding that the town came out ahead last year by $2,000 in terms of revenue from the sale of the recycled items over the center’s operational costs. “The greater the volume of recycling, the more it benefits the town.”
The Signal Mountain Recycling Center is located on Ridgeway Avenue north of Town Hall. Check the Mountain Stewards’ Facebook page to find full lists of accepted items. For additional information contact Corinne Giagnorio at firstname.lastname@example.org.