Marlborough – The members of the Rotary Club of Marlborough collected four box truckloads and one 18-wheeler dump truck of old computers, appliances, televisions, yard furniture, children's toys, lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners and more at the club's first Community Recycling Day, held Oct. 22, at the Whitcomb Middle School in Marlborough.
Rotary Club President Elaine McDonald was proud of the effort.
“The recycling company that the club partnered with told us that it was the largest community organization recycling event they have done,” McDonald said. “They would normally fill just two box trucks, so this event brought in 150 percent more junk.”
All items, except televisions, were $30 per carload or pick-up truckload. Televisions were 50¢ per pound. For those who had only one or two items for disposal, there was a reduced single-item fee.
President-Elect Bonnie Doolin also thought the project was worthwhile.
“The price was reasonable and it did so much to clean up people's homes and the environment,” Doolin said. “We were delighted to have Girl Scout Troop 72863 have a bake sale on site, as well as educating folks about polio eradication and rotary's efforts through PolioPlus. It's all good.”
McDonald spearheaded this new event for the club, ramping up the publicity and advertising to make it a success.
“This project benefits everyone involved. People can rid themselves of all their junk and gain space in their homes for a very low cost; the environment is better for recycling all this junk; and the Marlborough Rotary Club Foundation will added a percentage of the fees to its coffers to continue the club's service to children and families of our community, literacy projects, clean water projects and more,” she said. “That's why we have decided to do it again in the spring.”
The Rotary Club of Marlborough has supported the youth and the charitable organizations of its community since 1922. Men and women who want to serve their communities are welcome.