Rotarians learn about recycling program

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

The owner of an area recycling center says he would like to see recycling started in this community.

Speaking to the Eupora Rotary Club on Aug. 21, Stan Shurden of Starkville Recycling recommended finding a convenient and safe location in Eupora for a drop-off site with recycle bins. He said having waste-sorting bins is the best collection method.

Cities, counties or schools can apply for grants to provide bins and supplies, according to Shurden, with little or no cost involved in startup and operation. Starkville Recycling would collect the recyclables at no charge on a periodic basis. In Columbus, for example, the company picks up once a month.

Shurden said the city of Eupora generates about 68 tons of residential recyclables a month. Collecting only 5 percent of that amount would result in a 3- to 4-ton reduction in waste, he noted.

Additionally, he said communities that cut down on waste by recycling could save money on disposal fees and, in the long run, keep from having an increase in garbage collection rates.

Starkville Recycling, located at 211 C.C. Clark Road, is a family- owned business that employs 10 people. It has offered high-quality recycling since 2002, along with shredding services. It recycles cardboard, scrap metal, aluminum cans, paper, newspapers, plastics, old appliances, computers and other electronics.

“You can find a use for practically everything there is,” Shurden said.

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