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Monroe's future is looking green

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MONROE La. (KNOE 8 News) - A local committee is initiating a program to help Northeast Louisiana grow green.

A curbside recycling program looks promising for Monroe's future.

When you toss your trash in the garbage, do you ever think twice about it?

Does it cross your mind that you could be contributing to our nations dwindling resources?

Chairman of Monroe Garden Study League in Monroe, Cathy Cheek said the committee is initiating a recycling program.

"It would be very simple. They would have a receptacle already provided by Marck Industries. They would put all of their recyclables in there just like they would put all their things in the trash and then twice a month... Marck would pick up their recyclables and it's just that easy," said Cheek.

It's called curbside recycling, an option Cheek said Monroe needs. Cheek said others have tried to promote it in the past, but it always fell through.

"This is something that we need to do and we don't need to drop the ball and let it go away this time," said Cheek.

So cheek sent out an e-mail last week that is circulating the community. The committee is looking for people who want to help Monroe grow green with recycling by simply signing up, and showing interest.

The committee is working with Marck Industries, a recycling company in Monroe, who will pick up your recyclables.

Cheek said once she has a list from the community, the recycling company can provide a proposal.

"I've had way over 100 people so far. So things are progressing extremely well. And the more people we have participate in the test market the cost will go down and down and down," said Cheeks.

Cheek said schools and businesses are also encouraged to sign up. She said once the company has a complete list, they can make the curbside recycling program a reality.

If you are interested in curbside recycling, you can email Cathy Cheeks to be put on the list: cathycheek@att.net. Please put "Monroe Recycles" in the subject box.

Even though Monroe doesn't have a curbside recycling pick-up yet, you can still recycle. Listed below are places MGSL compiled that you can go to help our community grow green.

 

MONROE RECYCLING 

  • Cardboard, Aluminum Cans, Tin Cans, Plastic, Newspaper, Magazines and Office Paper

**Monroe Iron and Metal**                                   **Marck Industries Recycling**                                                  

411 N. 9th Street                                                         1500 Arkansas Ave.

Monroe, LA                                                                  Monroe, LA - Danielle Guess, Gen. Mgr.

Drive up to bins in the back                                        (Behind Catfish Cabin on Louisville Ave.)       

The News Star                                                                      The Monroe Symphony League

411 N. 4th Street                                                         320 N. 4th Street

Monroe, LA                                                                  Monroe, LA:  Accepts donations of books

Newspaper and magazines                                        and magazines, Wed. 9 to 1                                                              

Brookshires                                                                           Target

Recycles plastic bags and water bottles                     Recycles plastic, glass and ink cartridges

 

  • Electronics 

Best Buy Recycles: Phones, Cell Phones, Computers, Laptops, Cameras, Camcorders, Electric Cords and Chargers, Rechargeable Batteries, CDs, DVDs, Old Gift Cards, Ink Cartridges and also any electronic you may have, bins are inside the front doors.

Home Depot                                                                          Office Depot

Recycles Light Bulb                                                            Ink Cartridges, Computer Monitors

 

  • Tire Recycling Drop-off Sites****five tires per day

Ouachita Parish Public Works Department  /  City of Monroe Public Works Department

337 Well Rd.                                                                         1200 Grammont Rd.

West Monroe, LA 387-2383                                                   Monroe, LA 329-2209

 

  • Clothes Hangers

Lapels

Most dry cleaners will recycle hangers

 

***Large Electronics are collected at designated site once a year, usually in coordination with Earth Day.  Last year the site was at ULM.  ***Look for announcement***.

 

****Compiled by Monroe Garden Study League (MGSL)

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