Bekki Titchner, recycling and solid waste coordinator, recently discussed with members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority the need for volunteers at the Community Recycling Center.
"We've been extremely busy [at the Community Recycling Center] and it's to the point where we'll probably have to really sit down and discuss how we want to handle the future. There was like three days when it was slow, that was when we first opened, and then it hasn't been slow since," Titchner said.
Titchner noted that since the center opened in October it has received enough material for 16 bales of plastic and 12 bales of cardboard; there are also a number of large boxes full of different types of paper, such as magazines, newsprint and junk mail.
"We need people [to help us because] the paper is absolutely labor intensive. All the shiny inserts have to be removed from all the newsprint. Newsprint goes separate. Shiny inserts and magazines and all the shiny stuff goes into a box. Junk mail goes in another and office paper goes in another. It's not hard work, it's just tedious," Titchner said.
Titchner explained that all of the sorting is necessary because it is required by the company that is marketing the material.
For more on this story see the Dec. 3 edition of The Daily Press.