Elkins resident Steve Kerns asked members of Mill Creek Town Council this week to consider using recycling services in their town. Kerns said recycling is good for households and businesses because it saves money and decreases the amount of garbage in landfills.
"I recommend we begin with recycling newspapers, magazines and clear plastic," Kerns said during Thursday's council meeting. "We would concentrate on households and individual businesses. The recycled materials are being reused, and come back to us in another form."
Kerns said recycling is simple and easy to do and the results are instant.
"Businesses save money by not having to empty their dumpsters as much," Kerns said. "It gives households the satisfaction of helping out. The kids get really involved and they encourage their parents and grandparents to do the same thing."
Council members voted unanimously to approve Kerns plan. He will meet with the mayor to set up the first recycling event in January.
Kerns said not to worry if only a few folks come to the first event, because they will tell others and the participation will grow exponentially. He said he hopes to set up recycling about every two weeks.
In other business, council took the following actions:
Mayor Bill Brock said the Christmas lights judging will be on Dec. 20.
Brock announced the candidate filing period starts Jan. 14 and closes Jan. 26. Seats are open for mayor, recorder and all five council seats. The filing fee is $5.
The next meeting of the Mill Creek Town Council is slated for 6 p.m. Jan. 10.