TUPPERS PLAINS — A new recycling center was recently dedicated in Tuppers Plains. Pastor Jenni Dunham blessed the recycling center during the dedication.
The recycling center was Garrett Ritchie’s Eagle Scout project. Ritchie received the permission of the Eastern Local Board of Education to place the center near the Tuppers Plains Administration Building during the board’s March 2012 meeting.
Ritchie’s vision for the project was to provide the community of Tuppers Plains with local access to a recycling center and increase the pounds of recycled materials collected in Meigs County. Tuppers Plains was one of the only communities in the county that did not have a center.
Donations totaling $1,300 were received from the St. Paul United Methodist Church, Bethel Worship Center, South Bethel Community Church, Parker Corporation, Farmers Bank and Savings Company, Cool Spot 2 and many individuals. Baum’s Lumber also donated materials and sold other items at cost. The Eastern Elementary Student Council provided the paint for the center.
Approximately 162 hours of volunteer labor was used to complete the project and move the center to the Tuppers Plains location. Most of the labor was completed by youth and scout volunteers.
The Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District has accepted the recycling center. Materials will be collected from the center every Wednesday. The center will accept #1 and #2 plastic, steel cans, aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines and flattened cardboard.