By Tom Noreen
During the last fifteen years, the Cedar Springs Rotary Club has recycled over 35 million pounds of newspaper for $70,000. All of this money has been returned to the community in the form of scholarships, support of local organizations such as the Boy and Girl Scouts, Cedar Springs Historical Society, Cedar Springs Library, Red Flannel Festival, and others. The paper trailer is the Club’s largest fundraiser.
Members of the club diligently check the trailer on a daily basis in an effort to keep it neat and safe. They also pull out materials that cannot be recycled as part of our contract with Nu-Wool. The papers are either turned into cellulose insulation or mulch for hydroseeding operations. Because these materials require high quality newsprint, Nu-Wool does not accept magazines, pasteboard (cereal type boxes) and corrugated cardboard. Sometimes club members haul pickup loads of these unwanted materials and take them to Kent County’s recycling point across from the Meijer store on 10 Mile Road in Rockford. They have also hauled off bags of dirty diapers, dead fish, and other assorted trash.
During the month of January, the trailer has been vandalized on multiple occasions. A person or persons have gone in and broken bags, tossed papers all over the trailer, and made a mess that takes hours to clean up. The picture is of a repair job that took three Rotarians about two hours to straighten up.
The paper trailer is a good investment for the community as it saves landfill space and natural resources plus returns the profits. Please help the Rotary Club in their effort by neatly stacking your papers, disposing of magazines, books, pasteboard, and cardboard at Rockford. If you have any questions about the trailer, please see any Rotarian or visit their website at www.cedarspringsrotary.org.