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WLB Swap Truck Put to Re-Use

West Long Branch: The October 6th Environmental Commission Recycle Day in the borough was a big success, bigger than the May affair the volunteer team said. The biggest in WLB history was maybe the second when plans coupled the resident garage sale day to Recycle Day about 4 or 5 years back.

The same double-event day strategy was used Saturday wisely, and in fact to the delight of a garage day participant who noticed a nice small table that had been temporarily placed on the ground near the recycle truck after it just was unloaded from a drive through resident’s station wagon.

“Just what I've been looking for,” they said, and packed it into their SUV.

Saturday was a busy day at the WLB Community where the event is staged. One of the volunteers had all she could do to keep cars moving through the circular driveway. Volunteers included townspeople and some from employees who showed up when it looked like not enough volunteers were able to make it.

The borough’s new open “Swap Truck”, an open trailer container vehicle turned out to be excellent for this job. It is a welcome addition to the borough’s vehicles. The paper shredding truck got rid of large amounts of paperwork residents had been keeping in attics and basements.

The huge TV sets took up much of the room in the oversized van with other electronics filling in the gaps. Recycling is a good means to avoid throwing the reusable materials into landfills.

In all, it was a good day and a much appreciated means for residents to properly get rid of things they no longer use or want. It is an every spring and fall EC project.

Recyclers Ed and Jenny Howe dropped off bags of clean, reusable clothing which was also collected, one of the ways recycling works. Books collected are distributed to schools and other places as well. And yes, there was a kitchen sink.


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