By Julie Angell
The annual Meridian Recycling Event collected items for resale, reuse and recycle on October 4. Volunteers spent a large part of their day in the Chippewa Middle School parking lot, organizing donations into containers and trucks.
The cold, wet weather was less than desirable for Dick Janson, who volunteered for the recycling event. Janson said the number of donations was “terrible” compared to last year’s, and the weather might have been the reason. Volunteers typically fill up three trucks with donated bikes, but this year they had trouble filling just one, Janson said.
Janson works with Share-A-Bike, which is a community project that gives bikes to people who cannot afford them. Bikes collected at the Meridian Recycling Event range from totally unusable to “ready to ride,” Janson said.
Last year, over 70,000 pounds of unwanted items were donated at the Meridian Recycling Event. By the looks of this year’s event, Janson said bike donations will not contribute much to the total pounds of recycled items.