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Wilton Recycling Center thriving after getting makeover

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

By BEV EDWARDS

Wilton Recycling Committee

There’s a fresher look at the Wilton Recycling Center these days.

Over the past year, a series of upgrades have made recycling a bit more inviting for the residents of the five towns it serves.

Wilton, Temple, Lyndeborough, Greenville and Mason share the center, built back in the ’70s – one of the first in the state. In 2010, a committee was formed to beef up the amount of recycling activity. With representatives from each town, the committee created a survey to learn what might encourage more folks to recycle. They wrote articles for their town newsletters, explaining how the more recyclables their residents bring in, the more profit the WRC makes processing and selling them, which in turn saves the towns money.

Last winter, they obtained three new signs, all free from New Hampshire the Beautiful, and had them placed along the exit route of the center, giving visitors a chance to see how much tonnage had been recycled and thanking them for recycling.

Last summer, the center was given a fresh coat of paint, had some greatly needed repairs done and had a new bulletin board frame constructed – all accomplished over four long days by eight hard-working prisoners from the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections. When the paint dried, bright new signage was installed, made by Temple’s “Sign Man,” Don Kramer.

To finish the work off, Pam Bealo, the committee member from Wilton, inspired the Wilton Lions Club to purchase a fresh cork board which Mike Degan and Bill Gabor installed in the newly built bulletin board frame, replacing the rickety old one that had faced New Hampshire’s weather for so many years. Thanks to all those who donated their time and energy, recycling is on the increase at the Wilton Recycling Center and it has received a refreshing makeover.

– Submitted by Bev Edwards, chairperson, Wilton Recycling Center Committee

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