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Recycling opportunity

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It’s unfortunate that all it takes is a few people to create a blight upon our community. Most citizens don’t litter, but the few who do create eyesores for everyone else.
Fortunately, however, the opposite is also true. A relative handful of people can make the entire community look better — and in more ways than one. We venture to say that most Las Vegas residents don’t recycle,  but among those who do are some dedicated individuals working to make the task easier for everyone.
Alex Aragon is one of those people. Working with the New Mexico Recycling Coalition, he’s helping to organize a public planning meeting this week that should have an exciting feel to it — exciting because now there’s some real money behind the effort.
San Miguel County has received more than $100,000 in grant money to create a hub-and-spoke system of recycling. Plans are to create a centralized processing facility, or “hub,” in Las Vegas to take recyclables from smaller surrounding communities, the “spokes.” The county, in spearheading the project, is planning to set up collection sites at four locations out in the county and two in the city. Cardboard, mixed paper, aluminum cans, tin cans, and No. 1 and 2 plastic bottles will be accepted and delivered to the Las Vegas hub, for further processing and shipping out to recycling facilities elsewhere.
You may recall that about a year ago, the Las Vegas Recycling Task Force, headed up by Aragon, held a meeting with the state coalition to discuss ways to improve the local recycling program, including the hub-and-spoke approach. About 50 people turned out for the meeting, which impressed the coalition’s director. She even called it a “stunning turnout.” Then, Las Vegas was awarded the grant.
Now, to move forward with the project, another healthy turnout will be helpful, so here’s the information you need: The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Student Union Ballroom at Baca Avenue and Ninth Street on the Highlands University campus. If interested in helping to get this new recycling project off the ground, or simply for more information, feel free to contact Alex Aragon at 426-4502. He’ll be happy to talk with you about it. And he’ll be happier to get your support.
Unfortunately, not everyone in our community recycles. But with this new-and-improve project, the day is coming when more people will. With your help, that day may arrive sooner rather than later.