Workers unload a new recycle bin in the alley that runs parallel to Main Street between Pearl and Pine streets.  Pat Culverhouse/Press-Herald
Workers unload a new recycle bin in the alley that runs parallel to Main Street between Pearl and Pine streets. Pat Culverhouse/Press-Herald

Webster Parish residents looking for a way to dispose of a cardboard box, large or small, and newsprint won’t have far to go to do it properly, and they’ll be helping a couple of very worthwhile organizations at the same time.
For the fourth year, the Webster Parish Police Jury is working in conjunction with MAR-C Industries (Minden) and Oak Works (Springhill) to urge residents to collect cardboard and newsprint for recycling.

Charlie Odom, chairman of the police jury’s environmental committee, said proceeds collected from the sale of recyclable goods are dedicated to the two organizations that direct their efforts to special needs citizens.

“Everything collected in the recycle bins is picked up by MAR-C in the southern part of the parish and Oak Works up north,” Odom said. “Any money made from recycling goes directly to the two organizations. The police jury takes nothing.”

Odom said cardboard recycle bins are set up in 20-plus locations across the parish while the newsprint bins are located in another 20 or so, including all parish schools. This marks the fourth year the police jury has made recycle bins available, he added.

“We plan to leave the bins in place as long as the public doesn’t begin to use them as trash receptacles,” Odom said. “We had to discontinue collecting the cardboard for awhile because people were dumping their garbage in them.

As long as the bins are not abused, they’ll stay out.”