With all the talk about global warming and environmental threats, one business has stepped to the plate to help make a difference.
"This is something that will not only help the environment, but it will help the overall appearance of the surrounding communities," said David King who recently opened Oxford Recycling at his home along Highway 9 south in Oxford.
Together, King and his wife Angelia own and operate the small recycling operation on about seven acres.
Oxford Recycling buys a variety of metals including aluminum cans, iron, steel, tin, copper and brass as well as old appliances, autobodies without tires and old car batteries, all of which few recycling businesses purchase, according to King.
King said the benefits of recycling is not all hype. "This is something that really does help," he said. "People don't realize, when you recycle one aluminum can you save enough energy to power a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. Then, a recycled can will be back on the shelf within three months."
In addition to being environmentally friendly, Angelia King said the business is also a big help to those struggling financially. "We pay (cash) for everything that we get. A lot of regulars come in nearly everyday -- people that are disabled or sick or in between jobs," she said. "We also get lots of young 20-somethings. It's an easy way for people to make a little extra. We help some people just get by."
King said the business that has been opened for just under two months is equipped with brand new sets of state certified truck and floor scales. "Everything is digitally processed and printed out. That way people can see exactly what they're getting paid for and no one questions anything," he said.
Oxford Recycling is two miles south of Main Street in Oxford and is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Those with questions can call 258-3443.