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Recycling Day in Clarksville Montgomery County

 

Montgomery CountyMontgomery County, TN – On Saturday, November 13th, more than 300 people came by Lowes Home Improvement in St. Bethlehem to recognize America Recycles Day. Bi-County Solid Waste Management sponsored this event, the first of this magnitude in Clarksville.

Students from the Sango Elementary Recycle Team “tested” the knowledge of their visitors by engaging them  in games while testing their recycling knowledge. For example, most people did not know that it takes 500,000 trees to produce one week’s worth of Sunday’s papers in the United States or that 150,000 bottles are consumed in the U.S. each hour.

Sango Elementary Teacher and Recycle Team Sponsor Tonya Campbell look on as members of the recycle team quiz the Maynard Family on their recycle knowledge.

Sango Elementary Teacher and Recycle Team Sponsor Tonya Campbell look on as members of the recycle team quiz the Maynard Family on their recycle knowledge.

“I was thrilled with the turnout. The best part was not only the people who came to support the event but those who did not recycle but committed to participating because of what they learned on Saturday,” said Pete Reed.

The composting class, taught by Master Gardener Vincent Hernandez, drew many curious residents who took the time to learn how to make composting work for them with the natural ground of Clarksville Montgomery County. People were treated to free hot dogs purchased and cooked by Pete Reed of Bi-County as well as Juicy Juice and Monster drinks donated by Budweiser of Clarksville. The number of plastic bottles and aluminum cans brought to the event surpassed expectations so much that a box truck had to be called in to pick haul off the recyclable items.

Patty Mason Anderson, who brought recyclables and participated in activities with her son Daniel, was the lucky winner from the drawing for the flat screen television.

In addition to Bi-County, the event also was supported by the new Clarksville Montgomery County Green Certification Program. Bi-County and steering committee members with the CMC Green Certification Program plan to work with each other again to host an event in April in recognition of Earth Day.


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