Pine Bluff/Jefferson County’s celebration of National Recycling Day brought together a variety of groups and agencies Friday, all with the goal of helping the environment, and people in the community.
Co-sponsored by Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean and Beautiful and Jefferson County Recycling, Saracen Landing was turned into a giant collection point for a variety of materials, including electronic items, cardboard, plastic, and aluminum. Local residents could also get their documents such as receipts and bank statements shredded safely.
In addition, service agencies such as the Lions Club, the American Red Cross and Neighbor to Neighbor were involved, the Lions Club collecting used eyeglasses and sunglasses, the American Red Cross blankets and sheets for fire victims, and Neighbor to Neighbor coats for kids and adults.
“That’s actually recycling too,” said Kelli Kennedy, director of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean and Beautiful Commission about the service organizations efforts. “Next year, we hope to get more organizations involved.”
Daniel Marks, the Legislative Assistant and Grants Coordinator for Jefferson County Judge Dutch King said early Friday afternoon that more than 100 people had taken advantage of the recycling program.
“We’ve got 10 boxes of e-waste (electronic waste), a box of cardboard products, a little bit of plastic and some other things,” he said.
Marks said the county was also considering the purchase of a paper shredder so that individuals and non-profit groups could have documents shredded as needed, rather than waiting until the semi-annual document shredding event.
“For businesses, we could probably look at working out a contract and charging a fee which would help to pay for the machine,” he said.
Marks also talked about progress on the new city/county recycling center which is being remodeled behind Pope Furniture off East Harding Avenue.
We hope to be in there before Christmas,” he said. “The metal is up on the building and we’re working on building an office in there. We will probably move the Clean Team in there to help with the sorting of material.”
Currently, the sheriff’s Clean Team, composed of people who are working off fines, works at the recycling center on Gravel Pit Road near the County Landfill, and Marks said moving them to the new site would help the sheriff’s department in terms of transportation.
While Kennedy said she was pleased with this year’s attendance, she wants to see the event get bigger next year.
“No matter how much advertising we do, there are going to be people who say they didn’t know about it so we’re going to try and get the word out a lot more next year,” she said.