Volunteers work to raise recycling awareness
COLUMBIA- Volunteers passed out buttons, stickers, and reusable tote bags at the Daniel Boone Regional Library on Sunday as part of the Columbia Recycles Day celebration.
Columbia residents were urged to sign a pledge to recycle in an attempt to improve recycling in the city.
"We always want to encourage people to do a better job recycling whether you are recycling already or you're wanting to get started to recycle, so it's an awareness," Waste Management Supervisor Layli Terrill said.
Children listened to books about recycling and visited with Columbia recycling mascot "Mr. Bag-It" during the event. City council person Hoppe read a proclamation about Columbia's recycling efforts and shared examples of how she stays environmentally aware.
Terrill said events like Columbia Recycles Day help to get the community excited about recycling.
"We rely heavily on our volunteer program and which encourages people to recycle at events like this," Terrill said. "We also have a household hazardous waste collection which just ended yesterday so in April we'll start that program again. Residents can bring their old paint, oil, things like that that should not go into the landfill. We have an apartment recycling program, we have a commercial food waste collection, we have the commercial recycling program, and various other collection programs for people to participate in."
Hoppe said recycling kicked off in Columbia a few decades ago when families came together to sort materials in their own homes. Today, the city has multiple programs to facilitate recycling which are explained on the public works department website.
"We recycle differently from other Mid-Missouri cities," Terrill said. "Jefferson City and Fulton have single stream recycling and we have dual stream recycling. They use carts, we use bags. As far as participation rates go I believe we do a better job participating than maybe some other places but we have a different method of collection."
Hoppe also discussed the draft of the single use plastic bag ordinance that is being reviewed. She said she expects the ordinance to be reviewed by city council by December or January.