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Small changes, big impact

Brooksby’s recycling committee doing its part for the environment

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April 10th, 2017
Brooksby residents survey items that can be recycled during the 2016 Road Show, sponsored by the community’s recycling committee.

Brooksby residents survey items that can be recycled during the 2016 Road Show, sponsored by the community’s recycling committee.

When it comes to recycling, people who live at Brooksby Village are making small changes that will have a significant impact over time.

Twice a week, residents set their recycling outside their front doors for collection—paper and cardboard on Monday evenings, and plastic, glass, and metal on Wednesday evenings.

“It’s very easy to recycle at Brooksby,” says Barbara Hooper, who chairs the community’s recycling committee. “It’s picked up right outside your door. What could be easier than that?”

Education and encouragement

Barbara, like many of her neighbors, says she grew up in an era of “waste not, want not,” but today’s products are encased in significantly more packaging than in decades past.

“I care very much what goes back into the environment,” says Barbara, who moved to Brooksby from Wilmington with her husband Bill in 2008. “The goal of the recycling committee is to raise awareness of what can be recycled and to encourage residents to participate in our recycling programs.”

Toward that end, the recycling committee hosts a recycling road show each April, setting out displays of items that can and can’t be recycled.

“It’s a visual reminder of what we can put out for recycling,” says Barbara.

Financial benefits

Aside from the feel-good motivation of recycling, Barbara points out the fiscal benefits to Brooksby community members.

JRM Hauling & Recycling collects trash and recycling at Brooksby. The company doesn’t charge to pick up recycling because it can sell those items. The cost for trash pickup is $78.53 per ton.

“Brooksby residents recycled 23.23% of our total tonnage in the last quarter of 2016,” says Barbara. “We lessen the community’s cost for trash disposal every time we recycle.”

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