Martin Beautiful urges everyone to participate in Recycle Week this week. The week-long event takes the former Citywide Clean Up Days one step further by helping to reduce the carbon footprint left behind by people.
MBC will be cooperating with UTM Recycles! leaders Dennis Kosta, Mike Davis and Angie MacKewn. Throughout this week, period for the convenience of the Martin community, UT Martin will offer a recyclables collection trailer downtown in Festival Park.
Items accepted include paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, computers and monitors, aluminum and tin cans, and other metals in the trailer. Unacceptable items include tires, televisions, furniture, paint, oil, or other hazardous materials. UTM Recycles! does not recycle those.
The UTM Recycles! center will still serve as a collection point for recyclables behind the former National Guard armory throughout the week. Its hours are: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The gates are locked after hours and community members are asked to not leave items at the gates.
At 9 a.m. Saturday, volunteers will meet at the UTM Recycles! center to receive trash bags and instructions for a litter pick up effort that day.
Volunteers will concentrate on picking up litter University Plaza, Hyndsver Road from Parham Road westward to Walmart, and the four main entrances to Martin.
The City of Martin is providing litter bags. Volunteer efforts should be completed by noon. Anyone is interested in helping with the litter pick up effort is asked to join volunteers Saturday.
Throughout the week, businesses and residents of Martin can do their part by joining the green effort and recycle as well as picking up trash near their business or along their streets.
“Working together, we can all make Martin more attractive,” an MBC representative noted.