Both recycling venues to be at Baker

May 27, 2010

Baldwin City likes to recycle and for the month of June, it will all have to be done at the Baker University location.

Because of Thomas the Tank Engine’s appearance the first two weekends in June at the Midland Railway Depot, followed by Planes, Trains and Automobiles, the city’s recycling bins are being moved to Baker.

The Baker bins have been averaging 10-11 tons of recycled materials each month this year, which is up from the usual 6-7 tons per month. The city bins were used for 15.5 tons of recycling in March and April was almost as high.

“This is a remarkable number,” said Roger Boyd, longtime Baldwin City resident and Baker professor, who has been involved with both efforts. “All of that material has been prevented from going to the landfill each month.”

The joint Baker/city site, which is in the alley between Seventh and Eighth streets and Chapel and Dearborn streets, will be expanded with the move. The Baker site took all types of paper, cardboard, all plastics and metals. It did not accept glass. The city bins had room for all of those, plus glass and aluminum.

“The bins will be on the south side of the alley, behind Denious Hall,” said Boyd. “We hope that you keep up your phenomenal efforts to recycle.”

The city bins are expected to be returned to Allen Park at the depot around June 30, he said.

“National statistics show that the ‘trash’ that the average household puts out at the curb each week averages 80 percent materials that could have been recycled,” said Boyd. “This means there is a lot of material that we can recycle and keep out of the trash. Another thing that everyone can do is to think about the materials they buy. How can we buy products with less packaging? Plastics are the most expensive to recycle, due to their bulkiness and small quantity of petroleum, so try to reduce the amount of plastic you purchase.

“Plastics are obviously convenient and the package of choice for shipping,” he said. “But on the recycling end it is a different story. There is an area of floating plastic in the Pacific the size of Texas, thanks to our love of plastics.”

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