MOUNT VERNON — The semiannual paper recycling drive, hosted by the Mount Vernon News on April 18, brought in over 15,750 pounds of recyclable materials.
“This was a great event for us,” said Mike McNichols, News circulation manager. “The weather was perfect for bringing people out.”
More than 350 vehicles passed through the alley to the west of the News to drop off bundles and baskets of papers and magazines. Mount Vernon News employees, along with the assistance of two Mount Vernon High School football players, unloaded materials from the customer vehicles to recycle bins.
“The football players were a tremendous help,” McNichols said. “They were able to move heavy bundles and bins quickly, keeping the line moving with little wait time.”
This was the first opportunity for MVHS football players to become involved in area activities in hopes of building improved community support for the program. Sophomores Derek Woodruff and Mark Lawson provided much-needed muscle for the day.
“We want people to come out on Fridays and watch us play,” Woodruff said. “We think if we help out the community, the community will help us out.”
McNichols said 33 plastic 55-gallon tubs were filled, as well as 10 large cardboard containers. The result was two truckloads of materials taken to SBC Recycling in Centerburg.
The next recycling drive will take place in October.