March 15, 2012 by admin
Another Successful Saturday Collection
The Great American Disposal Company and the Dickinson County Solid Waste Authority held a special hazardous waste collection on October 26, 2013. Sixty-seven Dickinson County residents participated in the collection; up from the successful collection of July, 2013 of fifty-five residents. (Pictured left is GAD employee, Al Julian with Dickinson County resident Linda Stanchina).
Items such as enamel paint, stain/varnish and finish, paint thinners, turpentine, polyurethane sealers, primers, roof sealers, insecticides, muriatic acids, gasoline, household cleaners, mercury bulbs & switches, and other hazardous waste were collected. (Pictured right is GAD employee, Ian Cavalieri with Dickinson County resident Linda Stanchina).
Hazardous waste is accepted the second Tuesday of every month at the Quinnesec, MI facility between the hours of 9am-10am. Check back to our website to see when we will have the next Saturday collection!
For more information, visit our hazardous waste page. To learn more about Hazardous Household Waste, visit the United States EPA website http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/hhw.htm
2013 UP Recycler of the Year Awards
Each year, the Upper Peninsula Recycling Coalition accepts nominations for UP Recycler of the year in the following categories: Individual, Educational, and Organization. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in resource recovery in the Upper Peninsula.
Educational Category- Stambough Elementary
For the last five years students and staff have been saving waste paper to be recycled through Trico Industries of Kingsford, MI. This practice has become imbedded in their school’s environmental education program. Each year on Earth Day the school’s Green Committee has organized a school wide program to celebrate their recycling efforts. Students have written and performed short plays teaching the value of recycling, conservation, and “Green” lifestyle choices.
This past April, students in grades K-5 were challenged to create a piece of recycled art at home with their families. The response was far greater than was expected! Their gymnasium became a Recycled Art Gallery, showcasing the work of nearly two hundred students. Students and teachers visited the gallery throughout the day to see the diverse creations that were displayed.
In addition to the school recycling program, every classroom participated in a tree planting project in the spring of 2012. Twenty new trees were planted around the perimeter of the school playground. High School students were even involved with the preparation of the planting site, including wooden signs that were constructed and placed at each tree, identifying the tree and the year planted.
Stambaugh Elementary has been recognized for three consecutive years by Governor Snyder as a “Michigan Green School”. What started as a Recycling project has now grown to a committed group of educators and students who are engaged in re-designing an area of playground to create a space for outdoor education They have taught students that recycling is a practice born of necessity . They will find the necessary solution so that this lesson may continue guiding the practices of the next generation.
Pictured are Maggie Scheffer, teacher and nominator for the Recycling Award, Ashley Hokkanen, Elijah Parker, Lillian Walsh, and Terry Barnes, Vice President of Great American Disposal.
Trinity United Methodist Church
Terry Barnes, Vice President of Great American Disposal Company and “Recycler of the Year” Chairman presents the “2013 Recycler of the Year Award”, Organization category to Lucy Shampo, representing the Trinity United Methodist Church of Iron Mountain, Michigan. Trinity Methodist Church recycles office paper and catalogs weekly. They collect cell phones, food items, used clothing, eye glasses and shoes for missions. Every Wednesday the church serves a community meal for homeless and needy; the average attendance is 100. In the past, Trinity United Methodist Church has also hosted electronic waste recycling, prescription drug, and hazardous waste collection.
Individual Category- Joan & Russell Game of Iron Mountain
Russ and Joan repurposed the upper level of a home on West “A” Street in downtown Iron Mountain in order to support the “live where you work” movement. They repurpose their furniture for different uses; indoor furniture becomes lawn furniture, travel trailers converted to a farmers market gypsy kart to carry artwork to tradeshows. This past summer, Russ and Joan repurposed older wood to create a fence and have used barrels and gutters to support their sustainable agricultural garden in the backyard. Railroad timbers have been used for landscaping and scrap wood reused for a shed in the yard. Old hay bales have been used to support garden space and dead timber on their property becomes usable firewood. Excess food and veggies become compost for the garden. Russ and Joan are truly living and microcosm of recycling and sustainability practices.
For more information, contact Terry Barnes, Great American Disposal, at 906-774-9006, or Pete Rossato, Trico Opportunities, at 906-774-5718.