Recycling needs to be a community effort

By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter

The Pondera County Recycling Coalition (PCRC) has seen huge successes in the last year thanks to many volunteers and a community wide effort.

In the PCRCs year existence they have brought a permanent aluminum and paper recycling structure to Conrad.  To date over 2,000 pounds of aluminum and 35,000 pounds of paper products have been saved from the landfill.

While there is a very small market for recyclables in today’s climate, the PCRC has been able to make enough money to continue to improve the recycling environment in Conrad.

With the proceeds from recyclables and a generous $1,000 grant from Stockman Bank, PCRC has been able to secure a building for the paper recycling and make improvements to the structure.

The improvements have ranged from replacing the roof, broken windows and in the near future painting the exterior of the building.

While the community support for the recycling effort has been overwhelming it is important to note that there are some guidelines when depositing your recyclable material.

In Great Falls for example, the city is struggling with people not following the recycling guidelines such as what to deposit and where.  This is becoming such a problem that the city is contemplating shutting down the community recycling if the guidelines are not followed.

This is something that we don’t want to see in Conrad, especially with the huge support the community has shown in such a short time.

When taking your paper products to the recycling building on Dakota Street make sure you place the proper paper in the labeled bins.  For example, there are bins set up that are clearly marked for newspaper, colored paper, white paper and magazines and phone books.

PCRC does not have paid employees; this is a strictly volunteer effort.  Do not put all of your paper in one bin.  Take the time to separate your paper products.  If you do not do it someone else has to.

At this time we do not have the ability to take cardboard or anything resembling cardboard.  Please only bring designated paper products.

The community response to recycling has been amazing.  We would like to keep this going, but as a strictly volunteer organization we need this to be a community wide effort.