Green team sees success with recent events

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On Wayne State College's campus, director of Faculty Services Chad Altwine noticed that recycling bins are often used.

“We do about one and a half garbage trucks each week, so it’s fairly successful.” Altwine said. “Continue to use it, we have it here for a reason.”

Altwine encourages students and faculty members to use the recycling service at the college. It’s estimated that about 50 to 60 tons of recyclables come through each year, and recycling is picked up each day on campus.

The Wayne Green Team also has members on Wayne State College campus as well as within the community.

The two most recent Wayne Green Team events held was Household Hazardous Waste Collection, and Electronics Recycling Event.

In just two hours, the Wayne Green Team served more than 100 households and collected the following household hazardous wastes, which were processed by Red Willow Hazardous Waste from McCook, Nebraska:

* Pesticide - 400 pounds
* Paint - 3,420 pounds
* Acids - 2 pounds
* Oil - 25 gallons
* Antifreeze - 11 gallons
* Batteries - 240 pounds
* Mercury - 4 pounds
* Fluorescent light bulbs - 236
* 2-4 D - 12 gallons
* Roundup - 2 gallons
* Other recyclable material - 320 pounds

The Thrift Warehouse donated $300 towards the event, and Gill Hauling donated the roll-off and disposal fees.

This year marked the Wayne Green Team’s fifth annual Electronics Recycling Event in September where they collected around 16,000 pounds of electronics.

“We’ve applied labels on public trash and recycling bins on Main Street and at the Community Activity Center from Recycle Across America that show pictures of what can be recycled and how items should look, e.g., clean and empty plastic bottles and aluminum cans,” Sandy Brown, chair of the Wayne Green Team, said.

Brown explained that confusion on how to recycle was is one of the biggest hang ups to people for recycling more, as well as having access to recycling.

One tip Brown had to make recycling easier is to keep a bin to put paper into. An easy way to get rid of that paper is by placing it on your curb on the third Saturday of each month. Boy Scout Troop #174 collects mixed papers, newspapers and magazines from around Wayne, making it even easier to recycle.

Brown also offered tips for recycling glass bottles and strings of lights.

For glass, she mentioned that the Wayne Transfer Station may be a good option and this has been open since June. Glass is picked up and recycled for free thanks to a partnership between the Wayne Green Team and Ripple Glass.

“Bring clean and rinsed glass bottles (including glass food and beverage containers and glassware such as wine and pint glasses, but no windshields, ceramic, porcelain, laminated glass) to the metal bins inside the Wayne Transfer Station located at 110 South Windom Street,” Brown said.

The Wayne Transfer Station is open Monday and Friday 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon.

A program the Green Team is currently working on is a new pricing model for trash collection called Pay-As-You-Throw (or PAYT).

 “This model is much like the one used for your utilities and water. The more trash you make, the more it costs. The less trash you make, then the less you pay. This system not only creates incentives to recycle, thereby reducing trash, but it is more fair and can save households money,” Brown said.

Brown said she has seen incredible community support for the green teams recycling efforts and that this plan may be a good fit for Wayne's community.

For more recycling tips, you can go to Twitter@waynegreenteam, email greenteam@cityofwayne.org, or visit www.cityofwayne.org/greenteam.