A local recycling coordinator has been recognized for his efforts in cleaning up the area.
Paul Manypenny, recycling coordinator for Goshen Township, has been named an Outstanding Community Recycling Coordinator by the Mahoning County Green Team and was recognized for his service at the county commissioners meeting earlier this month. Manypenny joins Jim McNatt of Beloit as the only two recipients. This is the first time the award has been offered.
"It's not for me, but the people in the township and surrounding areas who patronize the [recycling] sites," he said of the award. "It brings recognition to the recycling efforts in Goshen Township, that's the bottom line."
Manypenny has been coordinator since 2004 and started a business route, funded through a grant, in 2006 that has grown from an initial seven businesses to 15 including two elementary schools. The township recycling program also collects telephone books, Box Tops for Education and Campbell Soup labels for Damascus Elementary and works with the Green Team collecting specific items for special needs projects.
The program also collects atypical items such as shredded paper, electronic equipment (except monitors) and plastic bags and six pack rings, Manypenny said. Each year the program hosts a tire drive, electronic drive and customer appreciation day, as well.
"Each year we try to do better than the previous year...always encourage people to recycle," Manypenny said. "There is good support from the patrons and trustees, and that makes my job easy."
Manypenny is assisted by Assistant Coordinator Jessica Zepernick.
There are three sites in the township: the main site at the Road Maintenance Garage, 12649 Seacrist Road, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday; and drop-off sites at the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department Station #1 on state Route 534 and the Colonial Villa Estates on Goshen Road.
For information about the recycling program call Manypenny at 330-205-4204.
Residents can drop off Christmas trees at the Seacrist Road site from Dec. 26 through Jan. 15. Last year the Mahoning County Green Team collected 120,000 pounds of trees that were submersed in lakes by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as fish habitats. Residents can also drop off wrapping paper and greeting cards, placed in brown paper bags without ribbons or foil wrap, from Dec. 1 through Jan. 31.
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