Recycling bins relocated

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Recycling bins for disposal of paper, plastic and metals have been moved from near Lewisburg's Public Works Garage to the back lot of Walgreen's pharmacy at Ellington Parkway and Nashville Highway.

"I'm glad the recycling bins are available 24-hours a day now," Barbara Woods, a recycling program volunteer who noted the difference between the old location where the bins were behind a locked fence and available only at certain times each week.

While County Solid Waste Director Morgan Thomas had spoken of some bureaucratic delays with another chain store in town, Walgreen's Store Manager Anissa Lewis said there was virtually immediate approval for use of the store's back lot when she spoke with her superior.

"I contacted my district manager, Tom Shephard," Lewis said. "He thought it would improve the image of Walgreen's in town and he's hoping it will drive sales with consumers who are very concerned about recycling.

"Walgreen's is very green-minded," she said. "We recycle our cardboard here. At some district centers, they've even planted a garden on the roof. It's helping with the heating and cooling costs."

Shephard did, however, ask for some commitments from the count, Lewis said.

"He wanted a letter saying they'd keep it clean," she said, indicating the county has agreed to take steps if there was anything left behind the store that's not recyclable.

Visiting Walgreen's in a show of support for the new location for the recycling bins were County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett, County Commissioner Don Ledford who's chairman of the county's Solid Waste Committee, Thomas, Woods and Lewis.