Scout Jake Hollander and the sorting boxes he built for his Eagle Project.
If you have been at the Orange Fairgrounds since Thursday, July 21, you may have noticed something new and innovative near the pavilion — big chestnut brown and bright blue wooden boxes that will be a great help to town residents and the environment for years to come.
A few months ago, Boy Scout Jake Hollander, an Orange resident and member of Troop 1 in Milford, was getting ready to plan and execute his Eagle Scout project. Family friend Ilene Moyher, a member of the Orange Recycling Committee discussed the possibility of having him do a recycling-related project.
The Committee discussed the town’s recycling needs and with Jake and his mother, Patti in attendance at their meeting, everyone agreed that Jake would build sorters for the High Plains Community Center (HPCC) fairgrounds area.
The idea is to make it easy for people to recycle more during events and when using the field for any leisure activities. They are similar in concept to sorters that are becoming more commonplace at supermarkets, big box stores, and outdoor venues — and fit within the “single-stream recycling” set up that Orange has (via City Carting).
Jake volunteered to build four sorters. Moyher’s husband Mark helped him build a prototype, which the committee tested out and approved. Jake and about 10 scouts from his troop, and about six adults got to work planning, constructing, painting and labeling the sorters. Mark Krom is his scout leader.
As a finishing touch, Bret Riley, an Eagle Scout who was part of Troop 1, and has a business called On Time on Route 34 in Derby, is donating plaques that will be added to each sorter.
The Rotary Club of Orange and the Orange Recycling Committee both helped fund the project.
The ORC determined the colors for the sorters (blue for recycling and brown for trash), based on the colors of the residential recycling bins and the colors of trash bins people are used to seeing at HPCC.
The sorters are made of weather-resistant material to stand the test of time. They’re made of sturdy construction, eye-catching, and easy-to-use. The Parks Dept also was involved as it takes their cooperation in helping to make sure the sorters are placed in convenient places for use, and that they’re emptied.
Currently there are two sorters placed under the pavilion, and two are stored away for larger events.
Jake Hollander and team building a sorter.
Sorter at HPCC Fairgrounds pavilion.
ORC member Chris Prokop tosses a water bottle into the sorter.
If you haven’t already seen them, you may take a peek during the Farmer’s Market on Thursday, or wait until the Firemen’s Carnival in August.