The Greater Laingsburg Recyclers decided last month that having shorter hours for winter drives (January through March) definitely makes sense, so the next recycling drive, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10, will take place from 10 a.m. (not 9 a.m.) to 1 p.m. in downtown Laingsburg. However, should there be a blizzard that poses driving hazards, the drive will be canceled altogether. It’s been a pretty tough winter so far, so the group is asking that instead of making a donation to the GLR this month, donations be made to the Laingsburg Food Bank.
By the way, GLR would like to thank everyone who came in 2017 and helped recycle almost 27 tons of materials. Some of that came from the Laingsburg schools. Unfortunately, there are still too many folks who think they don’t need to bother and/or don’t have the time, which is one reason Michigan only recycles 15 percent of its waste – one of the lowest recycling rates in the nation.
Materials accepted at the monthly recycling drives include newspaper and phone books, glass containers for food and beverage (all colors); tin, aluminum and scrap metal (can be mixed); electronics (no CRT monitors); corrugated cardboard (include brown paper bags here); boxboard; mixed office paper (no adhesives), books and magazines; and plastics Nos. 1 through 7 (please separate them into No. 1, clear No. 2, colored No. 2, and Nos. 3 through 7 including lids). Household batteries continue to be accepted as well, though please separate into regular, lithium and rechargeable. Remember, the GLR cannot accept plastic grocery bags or polystyrene/Styrofoam (now accepted at East Lansing as well as St. Johns’ recycling centers).
As always, recyclers from any community are welcome. The GLR is run completely by volunteers, so helping hands are always welcome (and a take-over would not be considered hostile). Questions? Contact Terry or Ellen Link at (517) 651-2005, or Beth Lange at (517) 651-6437.