Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 10, 2013

100,000-pound day

Recycling event tips the scales with new state record


The event also collected old bicycles, plastic toys, textiles, computers, yard and power equipment, all kinds of metal items, humidifiers/dehumidifiers, microwaves, stoves, lawn mowers, snowblowers, heaters, treadmills and exercise bikes.

Lasker said without events like the one on Saturday, appliances could end up getting dumped in the woods or behind a strip mall somewhere.

Keith Saxon, chairman of the Andover Recycling Committee, was equally excited about the event’s success.

“It was pretty tremendous,” he said. “It was a good public service. People kept saying, ‘Thank you, thank you, I didn’t know what I was going to do with this stuff.’”

Saxon said some people came multiple times, driving cars or trucks, sometimes towing trailers. Some people, including the first one to show up, even rented U-Haul trucks, which they filled with appliances and other stuff to drop off, he said.

“We had people from all over the Merrimack Valley,” he added.

The event’s success was attributed to advance publicity and outreach. In addition to stories in The Townsman and its sister paper, The Eagle-Tribune, Saxon said his group tapped into email lists of local civic groups, condominium associations, houses of worship and residential properties in the area.

“Any community group we had contact information for, we would send emails to,” he said.

Selectman Paul Salafia even pitched in, forwarding an email about the event to his contact list. There were also signs and flyers all over town.

Saxon, one of the volunteers, thanked members of the Recycling Committee, including Eleanor Storch, William Stearns, Don Gottfried and Mike Elmer, for their work throughout the day. He said other people from Andover who volunteered included Brad Weeden, Stuart Melnitsky, Kathleen Bates, Mike Bates and Bob Decelle.

He also thanked Nicole Townsend at CBRE/Brickstone Square for allowing the use of the property’s parking lots to stage the event.

MBTA volunteers included Tom Daly, Robert Perry, Christine Lentini, Cosette DeCoste and Lasker.

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