Recycling: The Buzzard Has Landed

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When Buzz Walker, the Town's Public Works director, was looking for a mascot for Payson's recycling program, he chose an animal which he calls the ultimate recycler the buzzard.

You'll find this comical, friendly-looking character on signs at two locations in Payson, inviting you to participate in the local recycling effort.

The dark blue recycling bins are located at Green Valley Park in the parking lot of the Parks and Recreation building, and at Wal-Mart in the northeast corner of the parking lot.

Here is a list of what can be placed in the bins 24-hours a day for recycling:

Newspapers

Magazines

Junk mail and mixed paper such as office envelopes, poster board, cardboard - (Please flatten boxes before depositing.)

Here is the do not deposit list:

No telephone books

No household garbage

No plastic or glass

No items that do not appear on the acceptable list.

This is the first step in what the Town staff and council hope will be an ever-expanding project. In the future, the program may include such items as glass and plastic. Until then, please be courteous of the fledgling program by not using the recycling bins as trash dumpsters. This is a difficult task as it is. Contaminating the recycling materials with foreign objects will slow the process and jeopardize the program.

We are grateful for the determination of the councilmembers and staff who have supported the recycling vision. We also thank the many environmentally conscious residents who lobbied for this project. Let's all work together to make it a huge success. You can start by placing a tub, box or laundry basket in your home to collect the appropriate paper products for recycling. Your household will benefit by having less trash to fill your trash cans, and we'll all benefit from having less trash going in our landfill.

For more information about the recycling program, call the Public Works Department at 474-5242, ext. 4.

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