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Your trash may not be trash

By Samantha Goff
Tribune Sentinel Staff

Editor’s Note: Samantha Goff is our newest employee. She is passionate about the role we all can play in saving our earth, and she is setting a good example. Her new column will educate everyone on the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. There are now six collection bins in the back room of the Tribune!
To some, global warming is a shrug of the shoulders. An idea that’s being tossed around, and not anything to take seriously.
When I first began researching for this column, I can say I didn’t feel much differently. I know recycling is important, but WHY?
I set out to find some answers. What I found was surprising.
So surprising actually, that I have created a monster inside of myself. This really matters. To me. To my husband. To our children and someday our grandchildren. To every living being on this planet, it really matters!
That’s why I have decided to start writing this column, and try to spread the word.
The smallest amount of caring can go such a long way in the world of recycling! A single aluminum can, when recycled, can power a television for three hours. Recycle a 12-pack and you have saved 36 hours of energy!
We owe it to ourselves, to our planet, and to our families, to do our part.
I have recently taken on the recycling challenge for myself, (how could I talk about it if I wasn’t acting on it?) and I have been surprised at how easy it is and how good it feels to simply RECYCLE!
With the help of U.S. Recycling from Ogallala, we have large bins right here in town, just waiting to collect our recyclables.
It is as easy as setting up bins in your own home (I use big rubber-maid plastic containers without their lids), looking at your “trash” and deciding what can be recycled and into what bin, then transporting it to the city-wide collection center.
Get the kids involved, it can be fun! Get the neighbors involved and take turns making the drop off run. Whatever it takes.
The recycle bins are located up on the hill along First Avenue, between Hancock and Logan. Materials accepted there are as follows:
I thought that there were restrictions as far as paper went but newspaper, card paper, colored paper, junk mail, glossy paper/magazines, even stapled papers are all okay.
#1 Plastics
Water bottles, dressing bottles, sports drink bottles, cleaning supply bottles: These are what filled my #1 bin the most.
#2 Plastics
Milk jugs and coffee jugs, coffee creamer containers— these things are so large that this bin at my house filled rather quickly.
I had no idea how much stuff comes packaged in cardboard until I started paying attention. Toothpaste, medicine, TV dinners, beer­—it all comes in recyclable cardboard boxes!
Aluminum Cans
When my recycling journey started I was so sure that this was going to be what I recycled the most.
Although I did end up collecting a lot of cans, I was  amazed by all of the other materials I had collected, making the cans seem almost miniscule.
Tin Cans
Vegetables, soups, wet dog/cat food, spaghetti sauce all come in tin cans and are recyclable.
There are also collection areas for steel and appliances.
When you start to see the piles grow, you can see, right in your face, the space you are saving in the landfill, not to mention the resources you’ve saved!
Now that I am hooked, and could not believe in this cause any more than I do, I am really looking forward to continuing my recycling journey and sharing it with you, sharing tips and ideas along the way, and maybe getting some ideas from you too!
Look out, Grant is going to “Go Green!”