JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It's "Paint the Town Green" week and organizations are joining forces to encourage Region 8 residents to help the environment.
Community Media Specialist for Suddenlink and member of the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce Environment Committee, Troy Smith, says this event is a collaborative effort between a number of different organizations.
"We are having our first ever recycle day as a part of paint the town green week. We have several vendors out here accepting different items. Habitat for Humanity is here accepting items for their construction of homes, Suddenlink is out here accepting consumer electronics for recycling and proper disposal. The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas is accepting plastic food sacks to use for it's operation. We have Mars Recycling and they are accepting plastics number one and number two, aluminum, newspapers, magazines, telephone books, and cardboard. And Abilities Unlimited is out here accepting items for re sale in their shop, as well as paper for secure shredding. And finally, we have Legacy Landfill out here promoting their blue bag program."
Troy says by so many organizations participating, they hope to attract a lot of attention. "We were looking for a way to further the efforts in the community of going green and just trying to raise awareness. Show people there are several items not only for recycle, but to get rid of properly. Such as electronics, keep those hazardous materials out of the landfill. Also, Abilities Unlimited. a lot of people don't realize they can donate items that are still perfectly good and they will resale them in their shop for other people who need them."
Jonesboro resident Aaron Johnson heard about the event and thought it would be a good idea to participate. "We're taking some of our older computer equipment and printers that are no longer in use and basically what we would normally take straight to the landfill, we're bringing here, today, to hopefully be recycled."
Troy says they tried to make the process as easy and convenient as possible to encourage people to come out. "It just takes a few minutes of your time. Just come on and pull in. You don't even have to unload your stuff. We have the gentlemen from Fraternity Brothers from AGR are out here helping unload. So, just come on through and we'll get it taken care of for you."
Troy says they intend to stay at the site until six-thirty Tuesday evening and hope to make this an annual event.
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