Purdy Renewal Project spurs volunteering

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Glass recycling to be available through deal with Doty

Discussions about how to make the community of Purdy more attractive have led to expanded recycling efforts.

Beginning Jan. 18, volunteers from the community began staffing the Spanish Club's recycling center on the third Saturday of the month, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Gerry Wass, who serves as the faculty sponsor for the Spanish Club, said he hopes students from the club will also attend and help train the new adult volunteers in running the equipment. Wass said he will also like to see other projects that volunteers could also undertake.

The recycling effort will also expand in the coming months. Jim Doty of Doty Sanitation has a contract to collect trash in Purdy, and agreed to the suggestion of providing a place for residents to deposit glass for recycling, rather than taking it to the landfill.

Doty said he plans to put a 15-foot roll-over bin in place when a location on the school grounds is ready.

Any transparent glass, even Pyrex and window glass, will be accepted, Wass said.

The city of Monett made the arrangement possible by agreeing to let Doty bring the full Purdy bins and to dump the glass in the specially built glass pit at the Monett recycling center. All the glass will be hauled to Ripple Glass in Kansas City for reprocessing.

"At the end of the year, Doty's cost will be figured and he'll get a tax write-off from the Spanish Club, through the not-for-profit arrangement under the Community Foundation of the Ozarks," Wass said.

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