Monday, April 20, 2009

Recycling Day set for April 25

Event takes place at Hermitage Police precinct By Andy Humbles • THE TENNESSEAN • April 15, 2009 A community recycling day, organized by a Leadership Donelson-Hermitage project team, will offer a chance to deal with items you don't know what to do with or get rid of some that are no longer needed. Xtreme Green is the project team organizing the event being held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Hermitage Police precinct on James Kay Lane. "Recycling in our environment and the world today is a big deal,'' said Xtreme Green chairwoman Kristi Driver. "We thought what could be better than getting this information out and providing this opportunity.'' The recycle day will have bins for standard recyclable items like plastic and cardboard. It will also have a hazardous waste bin for items such as household batteries, cell phones, CFL and fluorescent bulbs and prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. No household paint or paint thinner will be accepted. "We love supporting these events; there is a domino effect when citizens get out and take care of their community,'' said Veronica Frazier, executive director of Metro's Beatification and Environment Commission. The project has several components that have been leading up to the recycle day. Xtreme Green has organized a poster contest for third- and fourth-grade students at 12 schools to help promote the recycling day. Students were asked to draw what recycling means to them with the basic information of the recycling day included so it can be displayed at different business storefronts in Donelson-Hermitage. All participating schools are receiving a desktop computer from Bridgestone-Firestone. Information about recycling and services provided by Metro Public Works will be distributed at the Hermitage Police Precinct. Kroger will provide free reusable grocery bags for participants. Metro Nashville Schools are sending out information on the recycling day through its electronic newsletter that goes to about 5,000 residents, and team members are passing out fliers at the Earth Day event on April 18 in Nashville. Metro Councilman Phil Claiborne is one of the Xtreme Green team members. Kim Troup is the co-chairwoman for the team. Other members are Robin Mason, Rubin Cockrell, Renee Davison, John Lavender, Tara Mielnik and Shawn Tidwell.

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