Letter: Recycling is alive and well in the Verde Valley

Editor:

With all due respect to your laudable reporter's (July 27, 2008/Verde Recycling) account of the ADEQ's award for a new state of the art recycling facility sometime in the future, there's more to Mr. Ayers's story.

What he might have included is that neither Valley dwellers nor Greater Sedona residents need wait that long. Recycling is alive and well in the Verde Valley.

Heading into its 20th year, Sedona Recycles on Shelby Drive processes 19 tons of recyclables per day for a total of nearly 5,000 tons each year. Currently, SRI has 10 full-time employees, plus many part-time employees who live at Rainbow Acres Ranch and have been employed at SRI for seven years. Many of the employees have been working here since the beginning of the program in 2001, and a mutually beneficial arrangement it is.

As for the Verde Valley, SRI has nine FREE community drop-off sites in the Verde Valley, serving Sedona, Big Park, Cornville, Camp Verde, Rimrock/ Lake Montezuma, three locations in Cottonwood, and Jerome.

What's more, SRI has collection systems of all types available for commercial customers, primarily focusing on cardboard. At present, we have about 20 businesses that utilize our pick-up services and numerous more that drop off materials.

Critically important is that SRI has strong relationships with the City of Sedona, City of cottonwood, Town of Camp Verde, City of Cornville, Yavapai County, City of Flagstaff, as well as all of the hosts for each of our sites. Theses collaborations are what create strength in a program.

Further, SRI is the only place that recycles electronics in the Verde Valley. We collect about 8000 pounds each month of TVs, obsolete computer products, phones, printers, stereos, etc. (nearly anything with a cord). Too, we provide a positive, constructive place for individuals to perform Community Service hours that are required by Yavapai or Coconino courts.

Finally, we host battery collections the first Thursday of every month at New Frontiers. So far, the program has kept 600 pounds of toxins out of the landfill.

We wish Verde Earthworks well in seeking to join this challenge: What citizens don't recycle ends up in the Gray Wolf landfill and is valued at $12,000 a day. And together we must face the conundrum in this so-called Green Age that most citizens don't recycle.

Put another way, if demand existed Sedona Recycles (928-204-1185) could easily double its capacity.

James Bishop Jr.

President

Sedona Recycles

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