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Donations keep #5 plastics program viable

January 26, 2011

Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner updated members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority on issues related to the #5 plastics recycling program at the Community Recycling Center during the authority's meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Becky Polaski.

The program to recycle #5 plastics has become popular among area residents, though Elk County recycling coordinator Bekki Titchner noted that it is only because of donations that the program has remained viable. The #5 plastics are able to be dropped off throughout the week during regular operating hours at the Community Recycling Center at the Stackpole Complex.
"We've sent out almost 280 pounds of #5 plastic, which is a considerable amount when you think about it. Most of the stuff is Cool Whip containers and yogurt containers and stuff. It costs us almost $1 a pound to send it out," Titchner said.
She noted that while the people who use the program do typically make a donation, she wanted to remind the public about the importance of such a contribution.
"If they want us to continue doing this program, they have to donate toward the postage," Titchner said. "We're doing it as a service because people really want to recycle these things."
Titchner added that she and other volunteers are still having issues with people dropping off #5 plastics that still contain a label and she reminded residents that all labels must be removed before the items are dropped off at the recycling center.

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