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Vice mayor envisions city-wide recycling
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McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department is beginning a recycling effort. Pictured are Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord, right, and assistant director Justin Scott.

McMinnville could be going green. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is being instructed to start a recycling program that could spread to other departments.
“I know I spoke about wanting to do a city-wide recycling project this year or at least start talking about it this year,” said Vice Mayor Ben Newman. “I thought this would be a way to at least get it started somewhere.”
Newman, during a Parks and Recreation Committee meeting, asked department director Scott McCord to begin instituting some changes.
“What I have in mind, Scott, is for your department to begin recycling the materials you use. Then, any other recyclable items on your premises, if that’s possible to do. I know in your concession stand you sell fountain drinks. Those are in cups that aren’t recyclable. Maybe if we can move to something that is and then start trying to get recycling containers at the fields, in the parks and inside the Civic Center.”
Newman suggested the department could start recycling its used office paper and any cardboard boxes that are obtained through the purchase of supplies, as well as have a staff member search for grants to purchase recycling containers.
“I don’t have a written policy, but those are the things I would like for the Parks and Recreation Department to start moving toward,” said Newman.
Newman continued, “I think the Civic Center has land where bins could be placed, large bins for plastic, aluminum and cardboard. You could have those bins and we could use them until it’s time to request a vendor to empty them. Scott, we need to work together to generate some type of policy. This is the vision I have for the Parks and Recreation Department to start moving toward.”
McCord asked if community service workers could be used at some point to help with sorting the items in the recycling containers.
“We did this in the city I came from,” said McCord. “We had Keep Peachtree City Beautiful. We signed an agreement with the judge that if he allowed individuals to work at the recycling center that they could get two hours for one hour. We had them (community service workers) left and right coming to work. They knew if they had eight hours of community service, they could do four hours at the recycling center and get their eight hours.”
Newman tabled the discussion and suggested someone contact Judge Bill Locke to see if he would be open to an agreement with the city.