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Paper drive to aid food pantries

October 29, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - The JB Green Team will conduct a "Stock the Pantry" campaign starting Thursday at the Ohio Valley Mall and on Nov. 5 at the Fort Steuben Mall.

"The paper collection drive will be held in the Fort Steuben Mall parking lot across from the Sears Auto Service Center from Monday through Saturday. Individuals and businesses can drop off their paper and paper products at the recycling center that week. And all proceeds from the week-long paper recycling campaign will be given to local food pantries for the upcoming holiday season," explained JB Green Team Education Coordinator Louise Holliday.

JB Green Team Belmont County Education Coordinator Dorene Unterzuber said the paper recycling drive in Belmont County will start Thursday and continue until Nov. 8 at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville.

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RECYCLE FOR A CAUSE — The Steubenville Code Enforcement Office will team up with the JB Green Team for a paper, electronic and tire collection drive starting Saturday. Planning the collection were, JB Green Team Belmont County Education Coordinator Dorene Unterzuber, Steubenville Code Enforcement Officer Shawn Scott, JB Green Team Jefferson County Recycling Program Director Diane Julio and JB Green Team Education Coordinator Louise Holliday. - Dave Gossett

"We are hoping to be able to donate a sizeable donation from the paper sent to the recycling center to eight food pantries in Jefferson County and nine food pantries in Belmont County in time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays," added Holliday.

Holliday said the Jefferson County food pantries include Abundant Life in Toronto, the WEBA food pantry in Amsterdam, Saline Township Food Pantry on state Route 152, Smithfield Evangelical Friends Church, the Dillonvale Food Pantry, Adena Community Food Pantry, Salvation Army in Steubenville and Urban Mission Ministries in Steubenville.

According to Unterzuber, the Belmont County food pantries include the St. Clairsville Area Council of Churches, Friendship Council of Churches in Bridgeport, St. Paul's Episcopal Food Pantry in Martins Ferry, St. John's Lutheran Food Pantry in Martins Ferry, Project Manna in Bethesda, Shadyside Fellowship of Churches, St. Vincent DePaul Society in Barnesville, the Salvation Army in Bellaire and the Yorkville United Methodist Church.

"The paper recycling proceeds we can share with the area food pantries will come just in time to help those people in need during the holiday season," noted Unterzuber.

"We know there are still many people facing some tough times, so this community effort to recycle paper will also assist the pantries," added Unterzuber.

Holliday said paper and paper products also can be taken directly to Valley Converting in Toronto.

"Just let the scale operator know that the paper is being donated to the food pantry campaign. Newspapers, junk mail, cereal boxes, magazines and telephone books can be recycled. We ask all items be placed in a box or paper bag because we no longer take plastic bags in our paper bins. And please remember paper plates, cups, napkins, candy wrappers or items soiled with food cannot be recycled," explained Holliday.

The JB Green Team also will sponsor an electronic collection drive from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Nov. 9-10.

"If anyone has electronics that need to be recycled, we will accept computers, fax machines and television as well as other electronic items," said JB Green Team Jefferson County Recycling Program Director Diane Julio.

"We have electronic recycling every Wednesday at our recycling cell at the Jefferson County garage. But since we are conducting the paper recycling drive, we thought we would offer an e-cycling event as well," remarked Julio.

And the city Code Enforcement Office has joined with the JB Green Team to conduct a small truck and automobile tire collection from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Nov. 9-10 across from the Sears Auto Service Center.

"The tire drive is open to all citizens of Steubenville who would like to legally discard tires for recycling," Code Enforcement Officer Shawn Scott said.

"We were able to obtain a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to conduct this tire drive as well as at least one tire collection in the spring. We usually collect 3,000 to 4,000 tires every year and hope this extra drive will help clean up our community," stated Scott.

"We will have volunteers at the site to help unload the tires and we will be taking the tires to the Lasting Mulch Co. on North Fifth Street for proper recycling," noted Scott.

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