Recycling made easier

Published 9:39 pm Thursday, April 11, 2013

Recycling is a noble pursuit, but it can also be a tedious one.

It would be much easier to not have to worry about what code is on an empty bottle before leaving it out for recycling.

Those bottles and other containers without the correct code — at least in our household — usually end up with the ordinary trash.

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But there is, I have discovered, an alternative.

This Saturday, TFC Recycling will be collecting all plastic bottles during a recycling event at Bennett’s Creek Park.

Not only that, but they’ll also be collecting empty food and cardboard boxes, after they’ve been flattened, and glass containers like bottles and jars.

And don’t forget to bring any type of paper, including mixed paper, magazines, catalogs and newspapers.

But wait, there’s more: the company will also be collecting old tires, which if you’re loathe to pay disposal fees when you change your tires, tend to accumulate in the garage or up the side of the house. AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries and steel, tin and aluminum cans will also be collected.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road, where another such event will be held on Oct. 26. Yet another one is planned for the Lowe’s parking lot on North Main Street on July 13.

The regularity of these Recycling Drive and Tire Amnesty Days, an initiative of the Suffolk Clean Community Commission, means we can all start stockpiling our empty containers with troublesome recycling codes and take them to one of these events.

Two other groups involved in the event offer other convenient services. Cintas will be on hand offering a free shredding service, and Goodwill will collect gently used clothing, home décor, furniture, computers, laptops and cellphones.

For the shredding service, three copy-paper size boxes or three brown paper bags full of paper is the limit per person, and Goodwill will only accept flat screen TVs.

Sometimes it can seem like too much trouble to do the right thing for the environment, but these types of events make it easier.

For more information, contact Crystal Boyd, Suffolk’s litter control coordinator, at 514-7604 or