12/14/2007: "Thank You For Recycling!"
To the Editor:
Can these islands recycle, or what? The organizers of last month’s agricultural plastics recycling events want to express their gratitude to all those who contributed to the huge success! 40 helpers; 80 participants; 12 tons of plastic recycled into useful items!!!
These collections could not have happened without the support and enthusiasm of Lisa Friend of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Bellingham, who graciously included San Juan County in her agricultural plastics recycling grant.
Orcas Island volunteers included Audrey Wilson, Linda Rene, Stephen Frank, Walter Corbin, George Post, and Casey McKinzie. Solid waste staff, Ronni Silva and Robert Hammermeister, helped beyond the call of duty.
On San Juan Island, Master Gardeners, Kathryn Clowers, Jacqueline Genge, Marilyn Kline, Susan Mahoney and Ervine Munroe maintained their patience and good humor while sorting and loading thousands of nursery pots and other items. Additional helpers were Grace Willows, Eric Jagel, Tom Schultz, Mary Guard, Shireene Hale, and Eliza Buck. County Public Works staff that came to the rescue in managing the overwhelming response included Ed Hale, Jeff Clark, Bud Sears, and Christina Newhall. Thank you to County Fair staff, Christine (Miller) Roberts, for providing the space and to Shel Bedsole who helped with set up.
Dawn Ritchie helped to organize and promote the Lopez Island event. Other volunteers were Debby Hatch, Todd Goldsmith and Master Gardener Janice Coltran. County Solid Waste staff, Neil Hanson, Dick Jenison, Renee Nichols, and Kate McLane helped in planning and operations.
Thanks also to Calvin Hartog and Chuck Todd of San Juan Sanitation Company for providing equipment and drivers and to Lois Young of Skagit River Recycling for the encouragement and for accepting all the materials we collected.
We look forward to another successful series of collections next spring with your continued support and interest.
THANK YOU FOR RECYCLING!
Helen Venada, SJC Solid Waste Division
Candace Jagel, WSU Extension Agriculture Program
Kris Bayas, WSU Master Gardeners Program