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Trainees dump paper products into a bin for shredding, Nov. 15, during America Recycles Day at the post recycling center. (Photo by Robert Timmons)

Jackson raises recycling awareness

By Robert Timmons, Fort Jackson Public Affairs

Students collected recyclable materials, and members of the Fort Jackson community dropped off items at the Recycling Center on post Nov. 15 to honor a day where the nation pauses to reflect on the impacts of reusing materials.

Fort Jackson’s Child, Youth Services invited parents to bring in recyclable materials for the children to use for their creations in the classroom as part of America Recycles Day.

Community members were also able to bring paper, wooden pallets, plastic, aluminum, cardboard, scrap metal, glass, magazines and cooking oil/grease. They were also able to bring in additional items for collection such as tires, fire extinguishers, paint and other chemicals and batteries. Paper shredding was also available.

Lisa Mcknight, hazardous waste manager with the Directorate of Public Works’ Environmental Division, said it was important for the post to be a part of America Recycles Day as it “raises awareness to diversion from landfills. Everything we throw into trash cans goes into landfills.”

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