By Britteny Dee
Lansing Star staff writer
On Saturday, April 9, the Ingham County Health Department will host a one-day-only recycling event called Recycle-Rama.
“Recycle-Rama is a one-day-only, totally free collection event for a wide variety of materials that are not commonly recycled at the curbside,” Assistant Recycling Coordinator Lori Miller said.
The event takes place at the Ingham County Health Department, 5303 S. Cedar St., in Lansing. It runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
This is the second annual Recycle-Rama. Last year, more than 1,000 people attended and even more are expected this year.
“It was very successful last September,” Recycle-Rama volunteer coordinator Martha Knorek said.
Miller said she and other recycling coordinators hope that by having a one-day event where a variety of items are collected, it will be more convenient for residents to drop off their items. In past years, separate events were held for different items, but Miller said as time and resources continued to become restricted, coordinators decided to combine resources and create a one-day event.
“There are a lot of things that people can’t recycle on a regular basis that we are taking this collection and I think that’s critical,” Knorek said. “People want to recycle but it’s not always easy and if you don’t make it easy they’re not going to do it.”
The list of items being collected includes electronics, clothing, medicine, appliances, bicycles, eyeglasses, fabric and much more. It is free to drop off items. Some items will go to the MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center and other will be resold and reused.
“That’s our goal, to reuse everything first and then recycle,” Knorek said.
A lot of the items being collected are those that are inconvenient or difficult for people to recycle.
“We’re just trying to find the things that people don’t have regular outlets for and offer that to them a couple times a year,” Knorek said.
Some of the hard to recycle items include green glass products and styrofoam products.
“A lot of people are chomping at the bit to get their green glass recycled but there’s really no easy outlet for those particular products here in Ingham County,” Knorek said.
Knorek said dropping off items is fairly simple and there is no paperwork to fill out. Upon arrival everyone will be greeted by volunteers and receive a map of all the different drop off stations.
“We have a lot of volunteers lined up to make things go quickly and smoothly,” Knorek said.
Miller said recycling is extremely important.
“Recycling saves natural resources such as water, trees, ores, etc.,” Miller said. “It takes less energy to manufacture new products out of recycled materials than it does from virgin materials, therefore recycling saves energy.”
Miller also said that recycling helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserves space in land fills.
The event is run almost entirely by volunteers and Miller said there is still a need for more. To volunteer, call Martha Knorek at 517-887-4521.