New recycling bins behind Center offer collection options



Recycling bins placed earlier this month behind the Prairie Community Center collect newspaper, aluminum cans and plastics.

From Eastern Montana Industries

  Thanks to a Department of Environmental Quality grant, Eastern Montana Industries (EMI) has been able to expand recycling efforts in the Terry community. 

Earlier this month additional recycling bins were placed behind the Prairie Community Center to collect newspaper, aluminum cans, and plastics. The types of plastics that can be recycled include PETE (plastic pop bottles), and HDPE (milk and water jugs, and other colored #2 plastic containers). Residents are encouraged to recycle these items (along with clothing and household goods) to reduce the cost of sending materials to the landfill. 
Recycled items will be transported to Miles City, where they will be processed at EMI’s recycling center, providing paid work for adults with disabilities. 
Last year nearly 1.6 million pounds of non-metal materials were processed through EMI’s center.
This project, which was spearheaded by Jennifer Nagy, a Miles City volunteer, received widespread support from the Terry community, including the city council and the county commissioners, who wrote letters of support for the grant. Vonnie Shannon, a Terry resident and long-time EMI board member was active in moving this project forward and has been EMI’s liaison in Terry to make sure the project goes forward as smoothly as possible. The community center has also been very supportive by providing both a location and monitoring the recycling drop-off site for problems.
EMI’s director, Sherman Weimer, expressed gratitude to the Terry community for embracing recycling efforts and helping to provide employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. 
“EMI is a regional non-profit that was designed to provide services to the communities in southeast Montana, and it means a lot to see this continued support for our efforts. Hopefully this project will help not only EMI in providing paid work, but also help Prairie County reduce their landfill cost. Our goal is a win-win for everyone involved,” Weimer said.

Published Nov. 16, 2011

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