Havre Pride volunteers recycle, pick up trash
Rayna Johnson, 7, and her 3-year-old brother, Aaron, were the youngest volunteers at Havre Pride Saturday morning.
Havre Daily News/Nikki Carlson
A group of volunteers sort through bags of recyclables at the annual Havre Pride Spring Clean-Up at 5th Avenue and 1st Street Saturday morning.
The youngsters were helping their father, Jeff Johnson, a Pacific Recycling employee, sort through recyclable materials, making sure each one was put in the right bucket.
"We're keeping things clean," said Rayna.
They had plenty of work to do.
The recycling center at 5th Avenue and 1st Street was to open by 9 a.m., but by 8:30 a.m., things were hoppin'.
"People are coming early," said Bonnie Bennett, a volunteer for Havre Pride since the project began more than two decades ago.
This was the first time glass recycling was offered, said Kim Cripps, the coordinator of the project.
While people came with paper, plastic and glass recyclables to the command center, volunteers and young people serving court-ordered community service fanned out into the community, picking up trash along the streets, sidewalks and parks.
Wal-Mart employees were at the plastics recycling area, accepting recyclable materials from community residents.
Wal-Mart people have seen the need to make it easier for residents to recycle material, said Jamey McDaniel, Wal-Mart manager.
Wal-Mart will soon collect plastic bags, plastic jugs and plastic soda bottles 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the third Saturday of each month on the south end of the store' parking lot.
"It's our way of giving back to the community," he said. "Havre needs a place to recycle plastics."
Cripps said she was pleased with the results this weekend's Havre Pride.
A little bit less street trash was picked up, she said, probably because there were so many other events going on in town. But six or seven loads of plastics were collected, and a big truck was full of glass to be recycled.
"That's pretty good because this is the first time we collected glass," she said.