By Kayla Carter
While today is the nationally recognized day for advocating recycling, Carter County will celebrate America Recycles Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Food City, where volunteers will pass out materials about recycling and the local recycling center.
And that information doesn’t always involve reminding people about what they already know.
Commissioner Charles Von Cannon, who has spearheaded the initiative for the past few years, said there were roughly 200 people who were unaware the county had a recycling center at the event last year.
“We’re trying to pass along information to the public about the importance of recycling and where to recycle and what they can recycle,” Von Cannon said. “We are setting up an information booth. We will have literature that tells people what they can take to the recycling center and it has directions to it.”
Keep America Beautiful representative Melissa Adams said America Recycles Day began in 1997 and more than 500 government agencies participated last year.
“It allows government agencies to be a part of a national celebration that allows for local customization and participation to inform and encourage residents what is recycled in their communities,” Adams said.
Landfill Director Benny Lyons said he has seen an increase in the public’s use of the recycling center, but would still like to see more. He said the viability of the county’s landfill and recycle center depend on the volunteers who help the community learn more about the facilities.