Dec. 26, 2002 'Tis the season to save up those discarded corrugated cardboard boxes, glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and old print newspapers until your closest recycling pickup location reopens after the holidays.
It's the environmentally correct alternative to putting all those recyclables that accumulate over the holidays into the trash to be carted off to the overburdened Bovoni dump.
The bad news is: Most recycling collection sites are closed until Jan. 7.
The good news is: Since not much happens in the territory's offices during the holiday season, you probably aren't piling up much office paper to haul to the recycler. And while it's not likely to be a lot, every little bit of cold cash you'll get for your recyclables at the intake locations can help whittle down that holiday charge-card debt.
Cardboard, glass, office paper and newspapers are worth 5 cents a pound, plastic brings 25 cents a pound, and aluminum will net you 50 cents a pound.
On St. Thomas and St. John, all recycling pickup locations are closed until at least Jan. 7 except for this Saturday and the next.
This Saturday, the pickup center at the Lockhart Plaza shopping center parking lot (the old Grand Union site) on St. Thomas will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Jan. 4, the pickup centers at Lockhart Plaza and PriceSmart parking lots will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All recycling centers resume regular schedules starting Jan. 7.
On St. Thomas, that means intake at:
Zan's Recycling (behind Lima's Superette in Bovoni) — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
The cricket field next to Ivanna Eudora Kean High School — 2 to 5 p.m. Fridays.
The PriceSmart parking lot — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
The Lockhart Gardens parking lot 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
The USO parking lot on the Charlotte Amalie waterfront — 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays.
On St. John, intake is at the parking lot next to the Cruz Bay public tennis courts — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays.
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