The Greater Laingsburg Recyclers will host its next recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 11 in downtown Laingsburg. It is OK to be a newbie; just stop by and ask for help.
Unfortunately, someone in the greater Laingsburg community has chosen to use Greater Laingsburg Recyclers (GLR) not for recycling, but as their personal garbage service. Three months running they have dumped their refuse at the GLR site. The police have been notified and the use of cameras is being considered. As a result of this illegal dumping, the continuation of GLR’s services – which have been ongoing since 1989 – have been put in jeopardy.
The special fall recycling collections are done for 2017, but there are still places to recycle items GLR cannot take. Individuals needing to dispose of CFLs, a mercury thermometer, or used motor oil, are asked to call GLR for guidance. Also, East Lansing is now taking polystyrene/Styrofoam (clean) at its recycling site on State Road, and it is also accepted in Meridian Township and at the St. Johns Lions’ site on Swegles Road.
Materials accepted every month at GLR recycling drives include newspaper and phone books; glass containers for food and beverage (all colors); tin and aluminum and scrap metal (can be mixed); electronics (no CRT monitors); corrugated cardboard (include brown paper bags); boxboard; mixed office paper (no adhesives); books and magazines; and separated plastics numbers 1 through 7. Household batteries continue to be accepted as well, but please separate into regular, lithium, and rechargeable. General Mills labels dropped off at GLR will be delivered to the schools. Remember, the GLR cannot accept plastic grocery bags or Styrofoam.
As always, recyclers from any community are welcome. A $2 or $3 donation to help cover costs is requested but not mandatory. The GLR is run completely by volunteers, so a few more helping hands are always welcome. Volunteering with GLR is a great opportunity for Scouts, honor students, and others to accumulate public service hours. Terry or Ellen Link, (517) 651-2005, or Beth Lange, (517) 651-6437, can be contacted to answer questions or provide additional information.