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Earth Day Festival Offers Array of Recycling Opportunities
Article By: by Earth Day Festival
Posted: 4/22/2014 Views: 6495  Impressions: 22583
Categories: Education, Entertainment: Events, Home Life: Environmental, Home Life: Health, Local News, Science / Technology, Social Services: Social Issues

Recycling opportunities-everything from computers to baseball caps to styrofoam to expired prescription medicine-abound at this year's Earth Day Texoma Festival, which takes place April 26, 8:30-5:00 p.m., at the Sherman Municipal Grounds, 405 N. Rusk in Sherman.
Commodity Recycling Solutions of Fort Worth will have recycling trucks in the City Hall South Parking Lot (Pecan at Elm St.) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CRS will accept E-waste, meaning any item that once ran on a plug or a battery (including computers, microwaves, blow dryers, washers/dryers, and much more). Ordinarily a fee is charged to recycle TVs and cathode ray tubes, but as a festival special these items will be recycled free.
CRS will also take clothing for recycling, including purses, belts and shoes.
Choctaw Recycling in Durant will also have trucks in the City Hall South Parking Lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will accept cell phones, styrofoam, steel/tin cans, broken-down cardboard, printer and toner cartridges, and #1, #2, and #5 plastics, including medicine bottles.
Prescription medicines themselves, including pills, cough syrup, and expired or unused medication-even controlled substances such as ADHD drugs-may be turned in for disposal at the Sherman Police Dept. collection point in City Hall South Parking Lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors the prescription take-back day and coordinates with state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to collect and properly dispose of controlled substances.
Mobile Shred It will offer paper shredding this year in the City Hall South Parking Lot from a.m. to p.m., and can safely destroy almost any document (examples: bank statements, blueprints, contracts, old love letters and tax documents).
Anyone bringing documents to be shredded should plan to drive through, have the vehicle unloaded, and leave immediately to allow other drivers opportunity to unload. No trailers are allowed, and each vehicle is limited to 10 copier-size boxes of documents for shredding.
The shredding service is co-sponsored this year by Caterpillar Inc. and a private donation.
Newspapers and broken-down cardboard should be taken to the Choctaw Recycling truck for recycling rather than to the shredder.
Used musical instruments in any condition will be collected at the Grayson College Music Department booth on the festival grounds. Playable instruments will be used by Grayson music students, and those that aren't playable will be transformed into art projects.
All proceeds from donated instruments will go to Grayson College.
Red River Unitarian Universalist Church, the festival's main sponsor, will be collecting baseball caps and sunglasses for workers in Central America, who often go blind from working in fields in bright sunlight with nothing to protect their eyes. The caps and sunglasses will be collected in a bin next to the information booth at the festival.
The Sherman Noon Lions Club will collect both eyeglasses and sunglasses at its booth on the festival grounds. Lions Clubs collect used glasses and recycle them for individuals who are otherwise unable to afford glasses.
Additional information about recycling opportunities is on the website, which also lists recycling and disposal options available in various towns in the Texoma area.

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