RECYCLERS — Prairie View students help build a Recycling Center sign for their building. Fifth grade students, from the left, Dylan McKinley, the son of Scott McKinley, Kale Larson, son of Ken and Sandi Larson and Austin Stephens, the son of Jeff and Bobbi Pruttis. They helped smash pop cans and lay out the lettering for the new sign at the recycling center. The picture below is the completed sign that is hung on the Recycling Center. Photos courtesy of Carey Monahan
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
The Pondera County Recycling Coalition (PCRC) met recently.
The Treasurer’s report approved for approximately $242 for supplies to build two recycling signs for the recycling building.
The tonnage report stated that 1,846 pounds of aluminum have been hauled while more aluminum, tin and paper are at Mike Townsend’s salvage yard.
Headwater’s Recycling Cooperation contacted the PCRC and stated that their hauling cost is $4.50 a mile. They strongly recommended that the PCRC purchase its own baler.
Ron Collyer mentioned at the meeting that a new baler is about $20,000. Mayor John Shevlin reported that Cindy Fuson is not interested in selling her baler as she may want to pursue her own recycling business.
LeAnn Hermance visited with Butch Renders from the Sidney area. He stated that they pay for their collection with disposal fees and donations from business sponsors.
Shevlin commented that the PCRC may be able to develop a composting program by the community gardens. This is city property.
Dan Picard, from the Extension office, reported that he is working with Collyer and NMJRDD to collect used pesticide containers. The jugs must be rinsed three times and big barrels need to be cut into six pieces. Picard does have a sheet with the requirements. Pondera County is also working with Toole County to do a farm oil collection. No date on that has been set.
Hermance said that she will check with the State of Montana to see if we can register as a non-profit organization.
The next PCRC meeting will be Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. at the Legion Park. This meeting will be a potluck with hamburgers and drinks provided.