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RE: [GreenYes] public library as a collection point for public office paper recycling
Andy,
I don't have experience setting up this type of program, but I can tell you
from experience that residents who are looking for more ways to recycle will
appreciate it.   When I was in college, I lived in a town where office paper
was not collected in the curbside program.  The college recycled white
office paper, so I would save up my white paper at home and then trek it
over to campus once in a while.  Mixed paper wasn't collected anywhere (that
I knew of), so that got saved up until I went to visit my parents 400 miles
away, in a much smaller town where they did have mixed paper recycling.
People who want to recycle will go to great lengths to do so, so the more
public drop-off locations, the better.  A library seems like an ideal
location for office paper, because there's little risk of contamination.
Libraries generally don't allow food in, so wrappers and trash of that
nature aren't as much of an issue as they would be at other public
locations.  It's also a good place to teach kids about recycling.

Good luck!
Kathryn

-----Original Message-----
From: JaxRecycles [mailto:JaxRecycles@coj.net] 
Sent: Friday, August 16, 2002 6:18 AM
To: greenyes@grrn.org
Subject: [GreenYes] public library as a collection point for public office
paper recycling

I know that most public libraries have office paper recycling (as ours
in Jax, FL does).  I've also heard that some municipalities collect
white paper (office paper) in their curbside programs; Jax does not. 
While I would like to add this to the list of materials we can collect
curbside, I realize that convincing the City, the haulers, and the MRF
to take on a new stream is a daunting task.  In the meantime, I am
exploring the idea of coordinating a public white/office paper drop-off
point at local public libraries.  That is, having local residents who
have library cards to bring their white/office paper to the library to
be recycled. Has anyone else already tried this?  Do you have any
suggestions?
Thanks,
andy

Andrew D. Fairbanks
Solid Waste and Resource Management
140 West Monroe Street, Suite 200
Jacksonville, Florida 32202-3713
(904) 630-4185, extension 233
fax: (904) 630-4191
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