Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

November 13, 2012

Recycling effort gets closer to reality

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — An effort to bring a larger recycling program to Pauls Valley that makes a real difference is now moving forward and on the lookout for ways to pay for the idea.

During recent presentations to such local civic clubs as Kiwanis and Rotary it was Ty Jacobson who told the groups the effort is now raising the money needed to pay for a local recycling center.

When that fundraising goal is far enough along a center can be built here in PV allowing residents to recycle a variety of different materials.

“The Garvin County Living Center already operates recycling  with cardboard. We're going to expand that,” Jacobson said, referring to paper, aluminum, glass and plastic with future plans to make composting material available for the public to take home and use in gardens.

“These are things you feel guilty putting in the garbage,” she said. “When this center is built you can recycle those things.”

Working with the city of Pauls Valley, officials and clients from the local Living Center will operate the future center once it's built.

Equipment and vendors to pick up the recyclable materials appears ready to go for the day when the center does open.

Plans call for the center to be located near the local Farmer's Market operated by the Living Center on Walnut Street.

When the center becomes a reality it will consist of a metal building with slots on the outside allowing the public to drop in the different types of materials for recycling.

For now the focus is raising $10,000 needed to get the center built.

“The sooner we get donations the sooner we can build this center,” Jacobson said, adding tax deductible donations can be made to the Living Center.

Jacobson is not shy about expressing her excitement about the prospect of Pauls Valley having a recycling center one of these days.

“It's really exciting. This is something we've been lacking. I drive to Norman all the time,” Jacobson said about s recycling program already in place there. “This is a big deal. It will make our lives better.

“It provides a service to the community and it provides jobs for some of their clients,” she said, referring to the Living Center. “It's a win-win for everyone.”

As for the future Jacobson said the recycling program here in PV could be even bigger.

“There could be curb side pick up service again someday,” she said.

“Right now we're taking baby steps and let's build this center.”

It's also been announced the local Rotary Club has already approved a $1,000 donation to the recycling effort.