On most Wednesdays, Cherokee Village's Town Center is bustling with environmentally conscious residents waiting patiently in line to recycle everything from plastic to newspaper.
The various civic groups and other volunteers who operate the mobile unit give their time to help their community.
Recently, Steve Penney, manager of the Tri-County Regional Solid Waste Authority at Ash Flat, the facility that provides the recycling containers and transportation for the materials contacted the Villager Journal about the role these volunteers play in the betterment of the community.
Penney said they deserve a huge pat on the back for their efforts. He said he has received complaints about rainy days when residents take their recyclables to the Town Center and there is no one to unload the materials.
Penney would like the public to know that these individuals are strictly volunteers and they do not work outdoors during inclement weather. He said the recycling center is open even when the volunteers are not present and he welcomes area residents to bring their recyclables to the center, which is located on Highway 289, just outside Cherokee Village.
He said he thanks everyone who makes an effort to preserve the planet for the youth and said it makes a huge impact on the planet. Penney said, "If we didn't have volunteers, this program wouldn't be such a success."
He said recently there has been an influx of trash mixed with the recyclables and would like to clarify the items that can be recycled by the center.
#1 and #2 plastics, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, tin and aluminum cans are the only items accepted. He said the recycling center is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., weather is permitting.
Penney, along with full time recycling center employees Tim Mullins and Doug Southerland would like to thank the volunteers and stress to the public that their patience and cooperation with the program is greatly appreciated.
Anyone interested in helping with the recycling effort on Wednesdays may show up and volunteer during these hours with unloading the vehicles and sorting recyclables.