The public is invited to celebrate the Volunteers of the Fremont Recycling Site at the CEWAC Holiday Meeting on Thursday, December 12. It will be held from 6pm to 7:30pm at Brooks Township Hall, 490 Quarterline Street, Newaygo.
A review of 3REE and CEWAC past year’s activities will be presented, and refreshments will be served. Citizens Environmental Watch and Action Coalition (CEWAC) is a taskforce of 3R Environmental Education, a community organization that provides programs about local and global environmental issues, solutions and advocacy.
The Fremont Recycling site at 5510 56th St, Fremont, is one of Newaygo County’s six recycling sites but is the only one that is staffed by volunteers.
“The volunteers are an amazing group and the Fremont Site would not be successful without them. They truly deserve to be recognized,” states April Pickard, the County’s Drain Office Secretary and the original volunteer staffing coordinator.
The Fremont site is volunteer staffed to ensure that only clean, acceptable recyclables are added to the bins by community members. Unfortunately, unstaffed recycling sites and bins are often contaminated with items that are currently not allowed at the Kent County Material Recovery Facility, where all of Newaygo County’s recyclables are taken. This contamination can lead to much of the bin contents taken to landfills instead of being recycled.
The Recycling Volunteers offer assistance to community members who need help placing their items in the bins. They also provide important education to residents such as which items are currently acceptable, making sure recyclable food containers are rinsed out, and which kind of Styrofoam packing materials are allowed. They also applaud our many resident recyclers.
New volunteers are always welcomed to join this elite group of fun frontline environmental advocates by contacting Nick Looman at 231.924.5288 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The public is welcome to come to the monthly CEWAC meetings or join the enews list by contacting email@example.com.
More information about local and regional recycling can be found at www.3r-education.org, and Kent County’s recycling website at www.reimaginetrash.org.