Pharos-Tribune

December 26, 2012

Cass government building looks to go green

Pilot program recycles plastic, aluminum

by Caitlin Huston
Pharos-Tribune

— The Cass County Government Building is taking another step toward going green with the start of a recycling pilot program.

The pilot, which started earlier this month, seeks to recycle plastic and rinsed aluminum cans. Depending on the success of the program, the recycling program will move to other county buildings.

The government building already recycles paper products and cardboard, said Eli Smith, Cass County Building Superintendent.

But he said the Cass County Commissioners and Solid Waste Management Board wanted to take it a step farther to promote a more sustainable working environment.

“We have everybody out in the county with their recycle bins and yet we could do more ourselves,” Smith said. “We’re just looking to kind of lead the way.”

Dick Hettinger, outgoing director of Cass County Solid Waste, said he believes the program was suggested to the commissioners after Hettinger spoke about basic recycling to a group of Girl Scouts.

“It sprang from a talk to Girl Scouts,” Hettinger said.

One week into the program, Smith said they had already collected 20 trash bags of recycling.

Eventually, Smith said he would like to have the county buildings recycling anything that can be recycled.

 “As things go on, we may opt to include more things,” Smith said.

Smith said he will also be monitoring the cost of the recycling program in terms of the recycling bins, bags and cost for pick-up.

Though the pilot program remains with the government building, Hettinger said he believes the program will be beneficial for the rest of the county.

“I just think it’s a good thing to have and to move forward with,” Hettinger said.  

Smith said he thinks the program will spread to the rest of the county buildings by the beginning of next year.

“I do imagine that it won’t be long before we have the rest of the county doing it,” Smith said.