Recycling overseers asks for residents? assistance

The overseers of Hillsboro?s volunteer recyling center are asking members of the community to help the cause in two ways.

Randy Smith, pastor of First Mennonite Church, which has taken over management of the site, is asking residents to oberve the center?s hours of 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Some people have been dumping their recyclables in or near the fenced-in center along the 100 block of North Birch during off hours.

Picking up the normal paper, glass and plastic recyclables, which are often strewn about by wind, is an unnecessary task for volunteers, Smith said.

More serious, he added, someone recently left three five-gallon buckets of hazardous materials along the fence.

?We aren?t even allowed to handle those materials,? Smith said. ?They have to be handled by the person who brings it in.?

Smith said his team is glad residents want to recycle but are asking them to observe the posted hours. He also said they would be willing to expand the hours of the center, but would need volunteers to operate it.

Even with the current schedule, the center needs additional volunteers, he added. Individuals or groups can volunteer for duty, even once a month, by calling the church at 947-5662.

?Some of our longtime volunteers are saying they could use a break, so we?d welcome others to step up and take their place,? Smith said.

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