On Saturday, Oct. 13, The Orange Recycling Committee hosted its annual paper shredding and mattress recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon at High Plains Community Center which was generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. At the same time, the Orange Community Women had a FUNDrive for Clothes and Household Items under the pavilion on the fairgrounds.
The clothing, shoes, towels, electronics, toys and games, kitchen items, sporting goods, and other items the OCW collected were brought to Savers on the Boston Post Road. This donation will help support many community projects. This year, they filled about 9 SUVs with your donations.
After the morning showers stopped, the women stood by the vehicles and told Orange Live how much they appreciate the generosity of everyone who stopped by and donated so many useful items this year.
Orange Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt called this the ultimate recycling event.
“We took in 17 mattresses, which will be torn apart and the wood will be used in some way, the metal springs will be recycled, the padding will be shredded and be recycled into something else, through the Bye Bye Mattress Program,” Goldblatt said. “We broke down all the cardboard boxes and gathered up the plastic bags, they’re being brought to the transfer station and recycled.”
Once again, Orange resident Joe Johnston, who owns Affordable Solutions, brought his truck for the on-site paper shredding service. He estimated that he’d shredded about 8.5 tons of paper that morning.
This is the seventh time the Recycling Committee has offered this service free of charge to Orange residents. All they ask for in return is that residents show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians were on hand to collect donations and helped unload cars and broke down boxes all morning long.