Feb. 7, 2003 St. Thomas and St. John residents will once again, after an absence of more than a year, be able to recycle aluminum cans, newspaper, corrugated cardboard, office paper, and glass.
The St. Thomas/St. John Anti-Litter and Beautification Commission announced Friday that H & V Recycling will start collecting in St. Thomas on Feb. 11 and in St. John on Feb. 18.
"It's way past time," St. John resident Norm Gledhill said on Saturday.
H & V will operate recycling centers on Tuesdays through Saturdays at H & V Heavy Equipment at 66 Smith Bay Road in St. Thomas, which is located east of the Lionel "Smutty" Richards Ballpark. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
H & V Recycling will be collecting recyclables from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays at the Lockhart Gardens parking lot in St. Thomas. However, they will not accept bottles at this location.
Look for H & V from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays in the parking lot in front of the Motor Vehicle Bureau in Cruz Bay, St. John.
The Anti-Litter and Beautification Commission will pay 25 cents a pound for No. 1 plastic; 5 cents a pound for corrugated cardboard, office paper, newspaper, and glass; and 50 cents a pound for aluminum cans.
Recycling got off to a great start more than a year ago, but so many people brought in their recyclables that the program ran out of money. The contract process had to start all over again. Meanwhile, many residents have stockpiled items waiting for the day when they will again get paid to recycle.
Cordell Jacobs, who serves as the director of the Anti-Litter and Beautification Commission, could not be reached for comment. However, he said several weeks ago that the commission asked for a double allotment of funds so it wouldn't run out of money when residents brought in their stockpiled recyclables.
At a Jan. 22 commission meeting in St. John, Jacobs said the organization is looking for a nonprofit group to maintain bins in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay where people could deposit plastic, glass and aluminum without being paid for them. The organization would keep the money raised by recycling the items deposited in the bins. He said the bins are on hand.
The St. John Community Foundation also has a recycling project in the works. It plans to crush glass at a site at the Westin Resort. A Coastal Zone Management Committeee hearing on the matter is expected sometime in February.
In a press release announcing the return of recycling, the commission said that recycling is one of its most popular and widely supported programs. In addition to providing money for low-income residents, the program also helps keep roadsides free of trash.
Items to be recycled are shipped off island.
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