2010-04-08 / News

Church launches recycling program

BY DARRYL Q. TUCKER

Susan Arnould, director of The Learning House, assists students with putting paper in recycling bin. From left: Julia Gardner, Andrew Tithof and Emma Snyder. Photo by Darryl Q. Tucker Susan Arnould, director of The Learning House, assists students with putting paper in recycling bin. From left: Julia Gardner, Andrew Tithof and Emma Snyder. Photo by Darryl Q. Tucker GRAND BLANC TWP. — First Congressional United Church of Christ in Grand Blanc is thinking green.

The church, located at Perry and Belsay roads, has launched a community paper recycling program.

Crews placed a yellow and green bin, that can hold up to two tons of paper, in the parking lot and began accepting products two weeks ago.

“We checked it yesterday,” said Susan Urogdy, green committee leader at the church. “It was half full. It seems we had a good response.”

Urogdy said she doesn’t know where people got the paper to put in the bin, but welcomes it.

“It’s great,” she said. “We’re hoping to be the leader in the community and encourage other people to do it. We saw such a need to do this.”

The church will have the bin indefinitely, Urogdy said.

Paper Retriever, based in Royal Oak, donated the bin. The church doesn’t pay any fees.

Paper Retriever maintains and collects the paper.

In the future, Urogdy said the church will venture off into other recycling possibly with plastic, styrofoam or metal.

Church members set up a committee to look for ways they can reduce, reuse and recycle, she said.

Residents can bring in almost every kind of paper product including newspapers, magazines, envelopes, junk mail, copy paper, construction paper and shredded paper, Urogdy said. They don’t have to remove paper clips and staples and envelope windows are okay.

However, the recycling does not include cardboard and phone books.

“As a church that is home to the Learning House and dozens of community programs, we feel that creating a recycling program was

responsible thing to do for our community and environment,” said John Urogdy, a member of the church’s green committee.

Additionally, it provides us as a church with the opportunity to be positive role models to hundreds of young people each year.

“We hope that our neighbors share our commitment to the planet and embrace recycling. We welcome everyone to use the new paper retriever bin.”

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