2018-04-22 / Insight

‘Dollar Day’ recycling to be offered May 5

BY JOYCE BONESTEEL
Contributing Writer


Jim Davis (left), Linda and Carl Kern are faithful volunteers for the Lapeer County Drop-Off Recycling program on the first and third Saturdays at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Mayfield Township. Jim Davis (left), Linda and Carl Kern are faithful volunteers for the Lapeer County Drop-Off Recycling program on the first and third Saturdays at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Mayfield Township. MAYFIELD TWP. — Earth Day falls on the first and third Saturday of each month at Lapeer County Drop- Off Recycling. This is when a long line of traffic inches through the make-shift station at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 1633 N. Lapeer Rd. in Mayfield Township.

All of these cars and trucks are hauling countless paper and cardboard materials, bins of plastic and polystyrene foam, metal and glass to be recycled. Rick Rhein, the hauler who works with the volunteers, estimates an average 5 1/2 to 6 tons of what could have been trash is collected every recycling day and kept out of the landfills.

The program has grown since it started six years ago. Community support has been tremendous all along, said Jim Davis, program founder and chairman of the recycling committee. In appreciation, the committee is dropping the fee down to one dollar on May 5, the sixth anniversary of the first collection.

“We want to thank everyone who supports us. All of our volunteers, and all of the people who come through the line and pay $3,” Davis said. Mayfield, Hadley and Metamora townships cover the cost of their residents.

This dollar day bonus is one time only. After the first Saturday in May the price returns to $3 per vehicle.

Something else is new with the recycling program. Batteries will not be accepted until this fall, in conjunction with Lapeer County’s annual hazardous materials collection. Recyclers are encouraged to safely store their batteries until then, and bring them in to the drop-off recycling site on a designated date.

The committee will let everyone know ahead of time when that date is, Davis said.

He feels blessed with steadfast volunteers, including a few members of Lapeer Masons Lodge 54 and the International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 94, who have been pitched in from day one. At times, however, the group is a little short of help. To volunteer, call Davis at 245-0852.

An average 300 vehicles go through the line each time, and several 44-gallon bags are filled with foam products. The most bags ever filled in one day was 21, and the least amount was two. DART, a recycling company out of Mason, picks up the bags twice a month and turns the foam into frames, rulers and things.

“Without the support of the community this never would have happened,” Davis said.

The drop-off recycling program has non-profit 501(c)(3) status. Committee members include Davis, Treasurer Linda Histed, Secretary Christina Russell and Pete McCreedy.

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