Members of Williford Schools sixth grade class spent the morning April 29 helping the Tri-County Recycling Center and the Masons with Cherokee Village's weekly recycling effort.
The members of the Mason's, who were also working the event said that Ms. Bryant's class was very helpful in the recycling day. The members unloaded vehicles that brought their recyclables to the center. The children were very enthusiastic and in some cases were unloading the vehicles the second they stopped.
Residents brought plastic, aluminum and cardboard to the mobile unit offered by FACE (For A Clean Environment) which comes to Cherokee Village weekly. The sixth graders worked with the Masons to sort the materials and fill the huge bags for transport to the recycling center.
Ms. Bryant said this effort helped the students be aware of the many things that can be recycled, rather than putting them into landfills.
Following their collection, the class went to the recycling center to see how the cardboard is baled. Steve Penney explained to the students not only the importance of recycling, but also possible dangers. He let the children help load the machines. Penney will also be visiting the school to speak with other students about recycling and how they can make a difference to the earth.
Penney also invited Bryant's class back to help with the recycling because they did such a great job. The students would also like to invite other children to join in the recycling effort and Bryant says they even have plans to implement a recycling program at the center and would like the public to consider donating their cans and tabs to the school for charity. Bryant said any organization that would like to participate would be greatly appreciated. She said that if they would contact Williford Schools, she could set up a monthly pickup where the students could then make a day of the recycling effort and take the cans to the center.
The recycling days are every Wednesday from 8-11 a.m. There are various volunteers who sort the recyclables each week. Those interested in bringing their items by do not even have to get out of their vehicle.
The items accepted at this location are newsprint with no plastic or metal binding. News- papers and magazines can be mixed, but must be dry and double bagged or boxed in a 20 pound or less package. These can not be mixed with regular paper.
Well rinsed clean #1 and #2 plastics are also accepted. The recyclable sign is displayed on the packaging. Vegetable oil and car oil containers can not be accepted.
In addition to newsprint and plastics, the recycling center takes flattened non waxed cardboard boxes with all packing material removed and rinsed clean steel cans.
While a lot of items are recyclable, glass, styrofoam and garbage can not be recycled. Motor oil and wet cell batteries can be recycled but must be taken to the Village Service Station and rechargeable dry cell batteries and switches and thermostats may be taken to Radio Shack. Toner and ink cartridges may be recycled by dropping them off at the Senior Center.
While working with the Mason's in Cherokee Village, the students also removed the tabs from aluminum cans. Williford school has worked closely with the Elks Club in saving these tabs for the Ronald McDonald House charities. They were able to take these tabs to the school and add them to the others. When the school receives a large amount, Sarah Lindsey, Elk's Representative to the Ronald McDonald House sends the money from the tabs to Little Rock.
Lindsey says that the money raised with these tabs goes to providing linens and supplies for the house in Little Rock. Since the programs inception, Lindsey says the Elk's have collected over 4 million tabs for the charity.
The reason the charity collects the tabs rather than the entire can is that they are pure high quality aluminum and no alloys like the cans.
The first Ronald McDonald house was the brainchild of Philadelphia Eagles' player Fred Hill (whose daughter, Kim, had leukemia). It started in 1974 as a place for parents and family members of ill children to stay while in close proximity to the hospital where their child was treated without the financial burden of a hotel cost. Hill enlisted the sponsorship of a local McDonald's to make the dream a reality. Since its creation the charity has grown to support scholarships, mobile health units and many other community projects in 52 different countries worldwide.
Members of the Elks, Masons and Bryant say they are very proud of these sixth graders efforts.
Bryant said that by their helping with the recycling effort in Cherokee Village, they have not only played a part in saving the Earth, but also in helping families with sick children while learning recycling practices that can be incorporated into their everyday lives.