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November 1, 2013

Recycle!

Cub Scouts shout out the message while visiting Recycling Center

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Get too much junk mail? Recycle it. Done doing the laundry? Recycle that bleach bottle. Even that empty bottle of air freshener can be recycled. That’s what Cub Scouts from Troop 67 on Fort Irwin will tell you, and more, since they visited the Recycling Center on this installation, Oct. 9.

Charlie Guevara, Fort Irwin Waste Management supervisor (with sub-contractor Sullivan International), and his staff hosted the Bear Den from Troop 67 for about an hour to talk about all things recycling. Guevara spoke to the group of third graders, their siblings and parents about the function of the facility and how each person on Fort Irwin can help with the recycling mission.

“Recycling starts with you,” Guevara said. “You guys make it all happen.”

The Scouts actually had a head start on the subject, because each one brought at least one bag of recyclable items from home. Regardless, the kids were all ears to Guevara’s smooth, gracious demeanor. He led the children into the recycling plant and after introducing them to staff members he showed them an exhibit of items that no one should ever pickup. Some of the items included inert unexploded ordnance. Guevara spoke about the dangers of UXO’s. He then asked the group why they shouldn’t touch them if they were to see one.

“It can still be explosive,” answered Elliot Loman, 8.

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Guevara made sure to keep the tour moving along and fun. Anytime he said the word ‘recycle’ or ‘recycling’ the kids would shout out enthusiastically ‘Recycle!’

The children gathered around a table of items found at home that have recycling value. And then it was time to find out how much each child’s bag of recyclable items weighed.

Bradley Bair, 8, brought in four pounds of aluminum soda cans. He took home a recycling message that Guevara mentioned during the trip.

“I learned that it helps our earth,” Bradley said.

Elliot Lowman, 8, brought in eight pounds of recyclable items and his fellow trooper, Jacob Sandor, 8, dropped off a 12-pound bag. Elliot repeated another of Guevara’s messages to the kids.

“Recyclables can be almost anything,” Elliot said.

The recycling center provided goodie bags to the Scouts that included an extensive inventory of items that are accepted and should be placed in blue bins (residential or office). Items that go to the landfill or are considered hazardous waste are also listed.

Guevara explained that the tour had a value beyond providing a list of items.

“If you get them up close and personal, you don’t forget,” Guevara said. “I know those kids will not forget. I know what they’ll take to their parents and to their friends, and they will be the instrument, they will be the leader in their homes to also do what we taught them today.”

If you have any questions about what can be recycled, or want to see the recycling center, call 380-4226.

Don’t throw that away. Recycle it. The Fort Irwin Recycling Center manages the installation’s recycling program. In general, blue containers are designated for recyclables, however there are other containers, such as dumpsters, that may be a different color, but are designated for the deposit of recyclables by labeling. After pickup and consolidation, the mixed recyclables are then taken to the installation recycle center where they are sorted, packaged and sold as specific bulk commodities. The Recycling Center accepts glass, plastics, metals and paper. Glass items must be clean, empty, and contain no food residue. For a comprehensive list of recyclable items call 380-4226.

Join the Cub Scouts Pack 67. Pack 67 is unique to Fort Irwin and has opportunities for youth in grades first through fifth. Currently there are 42 Scouts participating in dens called Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos. Pack 67 conducts gatherings, goes on trips and holds fundraisers. Scouts earn rewards such as a bead or patch for completing an accomplishment or learning a new skill. Being a Cub Scout makes members part of a worldwide youth movement that stands for certain values and beliefs. For more information about joining, contact Kim Black at (205) 260-4900 or at ftirwincubscouts@gmail.com.




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