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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Rolla Recycling Center available to everyone

  • You don’t need to live in Rolla to bring your recyclables to the City of Rolla Recycling Center, located at 2141 Old St. James Road.
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  • You don’t need to live in Rolla to bring your recyclables to the City of Rolla Recycling Center, located at 2141 Old St. James Road.
    People from all over the region regularly bring their recyclables here. The recycling center is accessible to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    It is a busy place. Last year 2,800 tons of material was shipped out. That is equivalent to about 400 fully loaded garbage trucks.
    “A lot of what people are putting in the trash is recyclable. We all need to be aware of the fact that by not recycling, we are wasting our natural resources,” Rolla’s recycling coordinator Marcia Mayo said. “Many of the items we discard are made from trees (paper), oil (plastics), and minerals (metals and glass). These items can be recycled and reused over and over again without the need to cut down more trees or buy more oil. Landfilling or burning what could be recycled is such a waste.”
    The recycling center is a “sort-it-yourself” facility and user-friendly with signs clearly indicating where to put your recyclables.
    Items that can be brought to the recycling center include: cardboard, newspaper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, mixed paper, glass food and beverage bottles and jars, aluminum cans, steel cans, plastic grocery bags, bubble wrap, bread bags, No. 1 and No. 2 plastics.
    Samples of accepted plastics include containers such as water/soda/juice bottles, milk jugs, coffee containers, laundry detergent bottles, bleach bottles, clam shell fruit/food containers, etc.
    Look for the recycling symbol, typically on the bottom of the plastic containers. The No. 1 and No. 2 containers are recyclable. The No. 3 thorugh No. 7 is not accepted at this time.
    Do not bring your trash from home. No dumping is allowed.
    Everyone with access to a recycling program is encouraged to recycle.
    Recycling has many benefits. It saves you money in disposal costs, reduces the amount of trash being landfilled, it conserves natural resources and reduces pollution and it’s a good project to get your children involved in. These are the same children that will most likely recycle as adults.
    For more information on what you can recycle call 573-364-6693 or visit the website at www.rollacity.org/recycle.

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