By Jeff Clark/Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN – Two members of the Aberdeen Garden Club have made their community a bit more environmentally conscious.
Bradley Lipsey and Ladye King, co-chairwomen for the Aberdeen Garden Club’s Go Green committee, have created a mini recycling center for the residents of south Monroe County. The bins are located on Commerce Street next door to Flora’s Collections.
“We have been doing green projects all year long, Lipsey said. “So, for National Garden Week, we decided to place these bins downtown. We have bins for tin cans, aluminum cans, newspaper, plastic bags and plastic bottles. All the residents have to do is place the items in the bins – we will take care of everything else.”
According to Lipsey, she has already been recycling throughout the year and she is personally dropping off the items at selected areas.
“All of the aluminum cans go to the Aberdeen Animal Shelter,” she said. “I take the plastic bags to Walmart and the other items I take to Columbus. People may not know this, but Walmart will take plastic bags for recycling. You can drop them off at any Walmart.”
King said that although recycling began as a project for her garden club, it has quickly become a way of life.
“I have definitely become more aware of what I throw away,” King said. “Almost everything we use can be recycled.”
With a “Go Green” campaign becoming very popular across the nation, Lipsey said she hopes to see it catch on in Aberdeen.
“I think that recycling would be very beneficial to Aberdeen,” Lipsey said. “I think that it would not only help the environment, but it could also cut down on the number of times garbage is collected in Aberdeen. Recycling could help the city save some money.”