Meridian Recycling Event

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By Julie Angell
Meridian Times

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.

Volunteers, wearing matching blue shirts for the event, help carry donations out of vehicles and into trucks.

Volunteers, wearing matching blue shirts for the event, help carry donations out of vehicles and into trucks.

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Watching Potter repair bikes, Dick Janson takes a break from collecting bikes for Share-A-Bike.

Watching Potter repair bikes, Dick Janson takes a break from collecting bikes for Share-A-Bike.

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.

 Electronics donated sit in a large container in the parking lot of Chippewa Middle School.


Electronics donated sit in a large container in the parking lot of Chippewa Middle School.

Pieces of metal are collected from a van for donation.

Pieces of metal are collected from a van for donation.

A volunteer throws a large piece of metal into one of the containers. Metal items accepted for recycling were sinks, washers, scrap metal, stoves, water heaters, freezers, lawn mowers and more.

A volunteer throws a large piece of metal into one of the containers. Metal items accepted for recycling were sinks, washers, scrap metal, stoves, water heaters, freezers, lawn mowers and more.

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A Habitat for Humanity truck starts to fill up with unwanted household furniture.

A Habitat for Humanity truck starts to fill up with unwanted household furniture.

Tomomi Ueki, a master’s student at Michigan State University, loads a crib into a Habitat for Humanity truck. Items collected for Habitat for Humanity were going to the organization’s ReStore, which takes donations and sells them at low prices.

Tomomi Ueki, a master’s student at Michigan State University, loads a crib into a Habitat for Humanity truck. Items collected for Habitat for Humanity were going to the organization’s ReStore, which takes donations and sells them at low prices.

On the other side of the Chippewa Middle School parking lot, volunteers unload donations and organize them before they are recycled or resold.

On the other side of the Chippewa Middle School parking lot, volunteers unload donations and organize them before they are recycled or resold.

Julie Angell

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