By Shelby Anderson
Meridian Times staff writer
On your mark, get set, recycle!
A semiannual recycling event encouraged Meridian Township residents to properly dispose of unwanted household items on Oct. 5.
The Meridian Township Service Center, where residents can recycle items daily, is limited on what it accepts, said LeRoy Harvey, recycling and energy coordinator for Meridian Township.
“Different types of plastics and colored glass are two things that the service center does not accept, but is accepted at the recycling event,” said Harvey.
The recycling event, which was free for Meridian Township residents, accepted electronics and medicine, two items that normally are recycled for a fee by the township, said Harvey.
Other recyclable items accepted at the event included large metals, bicycles, packing peanuts and egg cartons.
“This year we have 110 volunteers total,” said Ellen Dillman, volunteer coordinator for the event.
Dillman said, “So many of those here today are repeat volunteers because it is so much fun.”
Students at Okemos and Haslett High Schools have also been great volunteers, said Dillman.
“The Okemos A.C.T.I.O.N. and Haslett Key Club always have students eager to come help out at the recycling event,” said Dillman.
James “Jim” Coty, a Haslett resident, has volunteered at the recycling event for seven years.
“I love the sense of community that builds at programs like this,” Coty said.
Coty, who has lived in Meridian Township for nine years, said that one of the biggest rewards of volunteering at the recycling event is that it’s worthwhile.
Elise Harvey, an East Lansing resident, has volunteered at the recycling event for 10 years.
“I love the energy from the people volunteering,” Elise Harvey said.
Dillman said that she is passionate about recycling because she was born to be a recycler.
“My parents grew up in the depression,” Dillman said. “I was taught to not throw away anything and hold on to what I have.”
Dillman said that without the volunteers or donations from Meridian Township residents, the recycling event would never be as successful as it is today.
Meridian Township will host another recycling event on April 26, 2014, at Chippewa Middle School in Okemos.
The April 26 recycling event will also be accepting shoes, books and clothing, which were not accepted at the Oct. 5 event.
For information about recycling in Meridian Township or to make a donation, please call 517-853-4466 or visit the Meridian Township Recycling’s website.