"We just received the bins on Monday," Clay County Community Corrections Executive Director Mary Brown said about the new recycling program. "During the school year, students in the Court Ordered Placement for Education (C.O.P.E.) Program will also be responsible for going to each of the offices to gather recyclables as part of their community service requirements in the afternoon."
She added that work crews would take over the responsibility during times in which school is not in session.
Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown told The Brazil Times Mary and Juvenile Probation Officer Cathy Judd spearheaded the effort to start a recycling program.
"The Clay County Justice Center has been doing recycling for a while now," Charlie said. "We have a very conscientious group of people here at the courthouse who felt it was time for us to start recycling," the commissioner said.
Mary said officials with Community Corrections would take the recyclables to Wallace Bros. Inc. -- who provided the bins -- about once a week.
"The things we can recycle include tin/aluminum cans, newspaper, magazines, type 1-7 plastics and cardboard," she told The Brazil Times. "There is a separate bin for the cardboard because they are usually large boxes, and we request that all of the cans be rinsed out before being placed in the bins. In addition, two products we cannot recycle at this time are glass and Styrofoam."
She said starting the recycling program at the courthouse is making her reconsider how she discards waste on her personal time.
"Currently, I don't separate our recyclables at home, but I am going to start," Mary said.
Charlie hopes the "green thumb" effect spreads out more in the community.
Brazil City Human Resources/Safety Employee Mary Staub told The Brazil Times City Hall also participates in recycling, but their program only currently accepts paper.
However, Brazil Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen added Wallace Bros. provides rolls of recycling bags, which can be purchased at the Mayor's or Clerk's Office at a cost of $5 for a roll of 50 bags. The bags may be left out with the trash and the Sanitation Department will pick them up and take them to Wallace.