Every movement or approach to social change has to start somewhere. As is often the case, the original idea is broadened to fit in many other similar improvements and ideas. This is certainly the case when it comes to the recycling movement. Back in the 1960’s and 70’s the first recycling rallies and educational material was focused on paper recycling.
While it took awhile for the paper recycling center idea to take off, once it did, a virtual whirlwind of activity and growth began. Now paper recycling centers are almost as common as the local grocery store in many cases. However, there are still areas of the country where recycling of any kind is limited. Some areas are simply too wide spread with a low population, while others are simply behind in making the necessary changes. If you don’t have a paper recycling center in your neck of the woods and still want to recycle, there are a few options open to you.
First on your list of things to do is contact the nearest paper recycling center to you. You should be able to find one in the phone book and if not there, online resources should point you in the right direction. From this point, call, mail, or email the plant and explain your situation. There is a good chance the recycling center will do everything possible to assist you. It might mean that you save up your paper recyclables and make a monthly trip to the recycling plant. If that is the solution for you, you might want to consider finding out if others in your community want to contribute as well and you can put together a schedule to share the responsibility.
Of course, you aren’t going to want to want to make that kind of trip forever. In the meantime, it’s up to you and other people in your community to make a fuss with the local government. Appeal to the state, county, and city councils and agencies. It’s up to the individual communities to let the officials know what they want and need. In many cases grant money can be found through the federal government for building a paper recycling center. Another argument to make in favor of your proposed idea is that tax incentives and the creation of more jobs is a benefit and money maker to the community.
Bringing about change is never easy. Stay patient and diligent and eventually your efforts for a paper recycling center are sure to prove fruitful. In the meantime, keep up with your recycling efforts at home as best you can.