By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
After four years on the job, I think it is safe to say that the Pondera County Recycling Coalition (PCRC) is here to stay.
What started with an informal meeting in the spring of 2012 between like minded individuals who sought to lessen the load on the Conrad waste system has turned into a city wide recycling effort.
The first concentration by the PCRC was aluminum. It started with a can drive and later the “Can Van”. Slowly but surely the organization eventually added paper and cardboard recycling to their efforts. As of yet, the city is not set up to take plastics.
After four years, the recycling group has redistributed 193,345 pounds of paper, 5,306 pounds of aluminum and over 44 tons of cardboard.
This has lessened the load on the Conrad Roll-Off site. Since the organizations inception the city garbage rates have stagnated at times and even lowered.
Even though it is anecdotal evidence at best, one can draw a link between the lower rates and PCRC’s efforts.
It is also important to note that this entire nonprofit organization is completely based on the volunteer efforts of Conrad residents.
Because the entire effort is voluntary, we need to make the lives of these volunteers as easy as possible.
Too often there has been garbage thrown into the aluminum receptacles, paper in the wrong container or just left outside the designated areas.
The aluminum and cardboard recycling zones are open 24/7; the paper building on the other hand is only open on Fridays from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
When recycling it is important to take the recyclables out of the bag or container you brought them in and make sure to place the items in the appropriate receptacles.
New volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to become part of the solution, contact Dan Picard at (406) 271-4053 or LeAnn Hermance at (406) 271-4040