Hello Geeks! I have to prepare you this is the most low-tech article I’ve ever typed. When we first moved to Longview in 1998 we were amazed at the size garbage and recycle bins. Our out of town visitors often talk about the “huge cans” for years. The bottom line: the huge brown and green tubs make it easy to recycle. Simply through in the approved recyclables in the brown bin and they will do the sorting for you. This is a great residential service.
Years ago I called and asked the City. “Do you offer curb side recycling for businesses?”
Just over a year ago our business moved to the Longview / Kelso border. We have a Longview address AND we are in Kelso. So I called and asked Kelso the same question, ““Do you offer curb side recycling for businesses” The answer. “No”. They did tell me about some local places called drop spots where I could take my recyclables.
Over the the years I’ve spoken with numerous business who like me have planned to take business recycling home or to a drop location. Sounds like a noble cause, but in practice most of our recycling get trashed.
Turns out, I was asking the wrong question. Here is the correct question. “Who offers curbside recycling for businesses”?
I found 2 local organizations to help. This is not a comprehensive list, but encouragement to check out your options.
EarlyBird Lions Club
I recently had the please of meeting with Bob Galivan from EarlyBird Lions Club. I spoke with him about my desire to recycle. Bob and his club delivered one of his purple and yellow boxes (you see them all over town) to our studio so that we could put in our recyclable office paper. The Lions club uses the recyclables to pay for local community service projects and Lions scholarships. Bob told me he would welcome other business calling to request a recycle box. Note: the box is NOT for shredded paper or cardboard. I’ve enjoyed visiting with Bob and I invite you to give him a call. 636-5379
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I just learned the Waste Control offers curb site business paper recycling and cardboard. I’m embarrassed because this info is on their web site that we helped them create over a year ago. They offer a variety of recycling programs for businesses in Cowlitz County including office recycling and cardboard. http://www.wastecontrolrecycling.com/page33.php
If you are trashing your recyclables, I (and your local land fill) encourage you to do a little research. You will likely find local recycling options.
Oscar is currently attempting to talk himself out purchasing a 3G iPhone for his wife. Oscar is the owner and Creative Director for omOriginals Design Studio, web development and graphic design firm in Cowlitz County, located at 705 Vandercook Way in Longview. Questions? 360.575.9839 or www.omOriginals.com