By Emily Banks Wooten
Taking clean plastic water bottles and jugs to the Polk County Recycling Center Friday and Saturday will not only be a way to observe Earth Day but will also enter you in a raffle for a chance to win prizes from local merchants.
Polk County Recycling & Beautification (PCRB) is hosting an Earth Day event with special hours at the new recycling center Friday and Saturday. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
The recycling center—which is run by the community, for the community—is located at 10311 State Hwy. 146 in Livingston (nine miles south of Hwy. 190), across from FM 2665. Normal hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. One may follow PCRB on Facebook for the latest updates.
PCRB is a nonprofit that relies on grants, donations and volunteers. To make a donation or to register to volunteer, visit the website at pcrbtexas.org.
“Plastic needs to be pretty well rinsed and we usually have to throw away the caps so we ask people to toss them. We’re only able to take #1 and #2 plastics (such as bottles and jugs) and most caps are a different kind of plastic. This also helps dry out all the containers before they get to us,” PCRB Vice President and County Liaison Kari Miller said.
The center also accepts corrugated cardboard if it is clean and dry. “Think of it this way, if it looks or smells like trash, it is,” Miller said.