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May 27, 2008

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle made easy at Recycle Midwest

OSKALOOSA — Recycle Midwest’s new recycling center at 701 Highway 432 in Oskaloosa for two hours Saturday morning was open for public tours. The tours during the open house gave the owners not only the opportunity to educate but also to encourage the public to recycle.

“Some might be doing less. Some might be doing more,” Recycle Midwest owner Lyle Vander Meiden said. “But to show them what can be done, or can be recycled and encourage them in their thought process to do that.”

The new recycling center is operating at one-third capacity, Vander Meiden said. The center was constructed to handle 900 tons per month.

“So we are going to encourage, or look for, material to recycle to feed this facility and to feed the end users that we are supplying material to,” Vander Meiden said. “And so we’re trying to point out to them what these materials are actually being reused for.”

Vander Meiden, along with his sons Bryan and Aaron, conducted tours showing bales of recyclable products ready for shipment to end users. One aspect consumers and businesses that recycle may not be aware of are the material’s end users and the products they produce.

For example, Vander Meiden pointed to a large bale of number one plastic containers. One potential end user for this product would be carpet manufacturers. At a large bale of number two plastic containers, the potential end users would be manufacturers of non-food containers, deck lumber, playground equipment and patio furniture.

Moving on, at a bale of magazines, Vander Meiden said a potential recycled product would be tray liners at fast-food restaurants. And while at a long row of newspaper bales, Vander Meiden told the tour the potential end products produced from recycled newspaper include paper pulp, toilet tissue, paper towels and cellulose insulation.

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