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Need for neighborhood and recycling volunteers increases

The first two phases of the new RecycleFIRST curbside recycling program have been so successful that organizers are calling on more people to volunteer for the program. Volunteers are needed to educate residents about recycling and assist them with their recycling efforts.

“With just one-third of the city phased in at this time, we are already recycling about a million pounds of material a month, which is even better than our predictions for this point in the program,” said John Stufflebean, director of the Department of Environmental Management.

Phase 3, which begins Sept. 1, covers twice as many households as either of the first two phases, and will require many more volunteers. The RecycleFIRST educational campaign relies on volunteers to educate residents about the program by serving one hour per week as recycling ambassadors in their own neighborhood, or as RecycleFIRST speakers for neighborhood groups.

In addition, the increased use of the recycling centers has dramatically increased the need for recycling center volunteers. These volunteers work four hours per month to help patrons with their recyclables and answer recycling questions.

Speaker training will be offered by Bridging The Gap on Aug. 26, and recycling ambassador training is scheduled for Aug. 19.

Bridging The Gap is a non-profit environmental education organization that is contracting with the City to coordinate neighborhood RecycleFIRST education.

For more information about these volunteer opportunities, call Bridging The Gap, (816) 561-1087; or the Department of Environmental Management, (816) 513-3490.

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