Going green

Published 1:34 pm Monday, November 17, 2008

Another Lawrence County governmental agency is now officially a “green” one.

The Lawrence Soil and Water Conservation District has joined the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District’s recycling program. The solid waste office provides indoor recycling bins to offices that agree to collect their paper, plastic and other reusable goods and then take the material to a larger recycling trailer. Carrie Yaniko, soil and water education/urban coordinator, said that office had been recycling paper and other materials for the last couple of years and thought joining the solid waste office program was a good idea.

“As a conservation agency our job is to protect the environment and recycling is part of that,” Yaniko said. “We have things going into landfills that could be recycled and made into other products.”

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Yaniko said some of their paper products are actually shredded and given to a local farmer who uses it for bedding for his livestock.

She estimated as much as 25 pounds of products a month are rescued from the landfill.

Dan Palmer, director of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District, said he is pleased with the soil and water office’s commitment to a cleaner county.

“We are tremendously pleased,” he said. “One of my priorities is to get more county officeholders and departments involved in recycling. I am elated over this.”

The soil and water office is the second county agency to sign onto the LSSWMD recycling program. Earlier this year the Lawrence County Treasurer’s Office joined the program.