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Celebrate Earth Day by recycling

by Aurora Sain

For 46 years people have been celebrating Earth Day, and recycling is one of the easiest ways to do so.

Douglas County has the highest rate in Nevada of people who take the time to recycle.

Douglas County is at 57 percent, with Carson City falling way behind at 28 percent and Washoe County at 37 percent.

The Valley currently doesn't offer curbside recycling efforts, so it has to be brought in to the transfer station on Dump Road off of Pinenut Road.

Once you get to the transfer station, they have different bins for each of the materials, including glass, plastic, aluminum and paper.

They are open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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There are also drop off centers at Gardnerville Elementary, Topaz Ranch Estates, Pa-Wau-Lu Middle School, Jacks Valley Elementary School, Douglas County Animal Shelter and Smith's Food and Drug.

Check on http://www.douglasdisposal.com for the types of recycling each drop off center takes.

The Nevada Legislature adopted a recycling program in 1991 with the overall state goal of 25 percent.

Right now, Nevada has a recycling average of 23.4 percent, just under the goal amount.

In the United States, less than 35 percent of all households recycle, and less than 10 percent of businesses, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

While Douglas County continuously scores higher than the rest of the counties, it is still a good idea to promote recycling and encourage others to do the same.

"It's good to have these things recycled," said a Douglas Disposal customer service representative. "I know its out of the way, but hopefully in the future we will have pickup."

ABE Printing and Copy will be having a shred day on May 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.