Frankfort’s Recycle Man returns for 2014

WLFI file photo: Recycle Man visits news 18 studios Thursday, March 7, 2013.
WLFI file photo: Recycle Man visits news 18 studios Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Recycle Man is here to save the day! Or rather, the city of Frankfort? Recycle Man is asking residents to save the day too, by helping the city with efforts to recycle this year.

Recycle Man, also known as Frankfort’s Street Superintendent George Belmore, is encouraging a community-wide effort to recycle and asking residents to focus on recycling cardboard in 2014.

Belmore said cardboard is the largest component recycled each week in Frankfort. He said more than 85 percent of all products sold in the U.S. are packaged in cardboard.

“Cardboard is made from trees and with a limited number of trees in the world, we need them to preserve the oxygen level, reduce the carbon dioxide level and help in the rain formation cycle in the world,” said Belmore.

He said recycling cardboard has a lot of positive benefits. It lessens the trash sent off to landfills and garbage dumps, as well as reducing hazardous gasses that manufacturing of cardboard produces.

In the greener approach, the recycling process turns used cardboard back into a pulp, which is transformed into new paper items. During the recycling process, cardboard is soaked in water, agitated, dried and pressed into sheets.

“The great thing about recycling cardboard is that it can sustain this type of process approximately five times before it begins to disintegrate, rendering it useless. So as Recycle Man, I am asking all residents, both who have not yet begun to recycle as well as those who have, to think about this process and make it their New Year’s resolution to consistently recycle cardboard items every week,” Belmore said.

Belmore said only one in four families in Frankfort recycles and he hopes to increase that statistic. He wants residents to see how easy it is to recycle by starting with cardboard.

“Once residents see how easy it is to recycle cardboard and realize the dramatic difference it will make in the amount of trash accumulated each week, I hope it’s just a matter of time before they will start to recycle metal, glass, plastic and paper too,” said Belmore.

He stated that the city of Frankfort’s 2014 goal is to collect 700 tons of recyclable material. He believes with everyone’s cooperation it is possible.

“With everyone’s cooperation, I know we can hit that mark and make Frankfort a cleaner and greener community for everyone, including our future generations,” Belmore said.

The city of Frankfort has curbside recycling every Wednesday. Residents are asked to have their bagged recyclable materials placed curbside by 7 a.m.

“Remember, doing a little is doing a lot!” said Belmore.

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