At noon on May 21, AmeriCorps volunteers from the National Ability Center arrived at Recycle Utah on Woodbine Way with destruction on their minds. Wielding screwdrivers, hammers, utility knives, scissors, pry bars, pliers and a sledgehammer they proceeded to demolish thirty-four discarded car seats in 3 hours. By separating the hard plastic from the metal and non-recyclable fabric, a sizeable amount of recyclable materials were mined from the car seats and the county landfill was spared unwanted additions. It was a tough job but all of the participants enjoyed themselves as they found creative new ways to use tools! Many thanks to Brian, Kristin, Rebekah, Garrett, Molly, and Tracy for volunteering, and thanks to Recycle Utah volunteer coordinator Britte Kirsch for organizing the project.
-John Matro (Recycle Utah volunteer, aka Junkyard Dog)
Note from the NAC;
Each AmeriCorps member who serves with us for a one-year term also participates in monthly service projects like this one with Recycle Utah. This year, the NAC AmeriCorps members have volunteered their time and talents to the Peace House, Utah Food Bank, Norwegian Outdoor Exploration Center and many others. Each of them is also required to fulfill an Individual Service Project during the year. For more information about serving as a member of this national organization, check out AmeriCorps.gov. There are many options for where and when you can serve around the United States. Join AmeriCorps, get things done.