Wyoming Conservation Corps members have recycled nearly 8 tons of glass since launching a recycling program earlier this spring.

“The community has really responded and supported the program,” says Patrick Harrington, a senior project coordinator with the WCC, a program administered by the University of Wyoming Residence Life and Dining Services. He says WCC member Jim Fried initiated the glass recycling program after ARK Regional Services discontinued recycling glass, leaving Laramie without a glass recycling program.

Fried, a UW environment and natural resources major from St. Louis, Mo., says the recycling program not only provides a beneficial community service, but it also helps WCC crew members meet a volunteer service requirement.

The program is free, but donations are accepted and have provided sufficient funds to cover the cost of hauling the recycled glass to Loveland, Colo., Harrington says. The crews have made six trips to Loveland after collecting glass at designated times in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Harrington encourages residents to collect glass for recycling this summer. The WCC will collect glass at the Wal-Mart Parking lot this summer on the following days:

Thursday, July 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.;

Friday, July 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.;

Thursday, Aug. 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; and

Friday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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