Mandeville celebrated America Recycles Day last month by adding a second recycling dropoff bin in the city.
Keep Mandeville Beautiful and the city of Mandeville held a ribbon-cutting in November for the new recycling spot, located in a shopping center parking lot on Dalwill Drive between La. 22 and West Causeway Approach.
In 2010, Keep Mandeville Beautiful, with help from a $10,000 grant and community support from Progressive Waste Solutions, opened the only recycling dropoff bin in the parish. The bin is at Girod and General Pershing streets in Old Mandeville and is serviced on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The bin collects 4,680 cubic yards of recyclables a year at no cost to taxpayers.
The recycling response was so huge that the second bin was added. The new bin on Dalwill Drive also will be serviced on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The bins at both locations no longer will accept cardboard boxes; however, glass will be accepted. Paper, plastics, aluminum and tin are accepted.
KMB Director Susan Russell stresses that no one should leave bags of recyclables on the ground around the bins.
“If the bin is full, people now have the choice of bringing their recyclables to the other location or to just hold on to them until the next day, when the bin is emptied,” she said.
“This service is being provided strictly as a community service. I would hate for a few people doing the wrong thing by leaving bags on the ground to ruin it for everyone else,” Russell said.
Over the past three years, Keep Mandeville Beautiful has focused much of its time on implementing “Mandeville recycles,” a comprehensive recycling plan for the city.
KMB raised $43,300 in grants and private donations and receives over $45,000 in annual in-kind support to implement the recycling plan.
The nonprofit agency was honored in October as the Outstanding State Affiliate of the Year. KMB was selected from a group of 40 state affiliates of Keep Louisiana Beautiful.
“Keep Mandeville Beautiful is demonstrating that through creative planning, partnerships and focused leadership that small programs can make a big difference,” said Carla Buchholz, KMB chairwoman and city councilwoman. “The programs have positioned Mandeville as a leader in the area of recycling in St. Tammany Parish.”
Mandeville Recycles consists of four focus areas: outdoor recycling at special events, recycling drop-off sites, school paper recycling and curbside recycling.
“I was tired of telling people that I couldn’t help them when they called wanting to recycle,” Russell said. “So we decided to do something about it.
“People from all over the parish want to recycle. As community leaders, it is our responsibility to help them when they want to be environmentally responsible citizens,” she said.
For a full listing of what to recycle, go to http://www.keepmandevillebeautiful.com.