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By Jacob Thomas 

March 27, 2009

Snow College, in conjunction with Stone Castle Recycling, is opening a new recycling center behind Ephraim City Hall.

Community members will be able to donate their paper and plastic goods starting tomorrow.

An opening reception will be hosted on that day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Subsequent receptions will be held every Saturday following the first event. Free hot dogs will be served to those who attend.

The recycling center is located on 5 South Main Street — a large, white building behind city hall. People wishing to donate their goods can pull into the back parking lot and have access to the center and drop off their recyclables.

The Multicultural Club, Service Learning Students and Hispanic Student Association participated in the organization of the center.

The recycling center will accept mixed paper and plastics, including cereal boxes, phone books, newspapers, office paper, plastic bags and milk jugs, along with several other items. The center asks that all of the donated materials be clean and dry, and that paper and plastics are sorted.

The recycling center is the first of its kind for the city. Seven States Recycling is available to recycle metals like steel and aluminum, and Snow College already has a program to recycle cardboard boxes.

In an-email sent to Snow College faculty, George Brooks, a teacher in the international program, reported that paper and plastic “are the most common materials in household waste.” The recycling center is a way to combat the waste and reduce energy consumption used to make products out of raw materials.

“Plastic can take 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill,” he wrote. “And recycling plastic takes 88 percent less energy than making plastic from raw materials. One ton of recycled plastic saves about 5,774 kWh of electricity, 685 gallons of oil, and 30 cubic yards of landfill space.”

Brooks went on in the e-mail to describe the benefits of recycling paper, which he indicated “takes 60 percent less energy than making paper from raw materials. It also creates about 74 percent less air pollution and 35 percent less water pollution. One ton of recycled paper saves 4,100 kWh of electricity, 380 gallons of oil, 7,000 gallons of water and 17 trees.”