Orem City is gearing up to recycle.

The city's Recycling Advisory Commission reported to the City Council Tuesday night that recycling vans will be placed at five locations in the city by January.David Fransden, chairman of the commission, said, "We have had a lot of citizen involvement and that has helped."

Both Mountain View and Orem high schools have conservation clubs that have volunteered to take care of one van each.

The Kiwanis Club and the PTA have agreed to help with others, Frandsen said. Hopefully Scouting groups will also be able to help.

Fransden said the vans have compartments to take different types of recyclable items, such as newspaper, bond and computer paper, glass and aluminum.

"The vans should arrive by the middle of December," he said.

Mayor S. Blaine Willes said recyclers need to understand that Orem is a very good source for obtaining recyclable goods.

The Recycling Advisory Commission meets every fourth Thursday in the Orem City Center and Councilman James T. Evans said, "Anyone is welcome to attend and it seems that new people come every week and want to participate."

Fransden said the vans would be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and each would be open one other day during the week to make access as easy as possible.

The commission is trying to find which businesses promote and sell recycled goods and encourage people to shop there, Fransden said.

An education program will tell "children of the value of recycling and preserving the environment," he said.

In other business, the City Council agreed not to organize a Historical Preservation Advisory Commission.

Willes said that the money required to create an organization that meets state standards would not be advisable at this time.

Orem would be required to have two professionals on the commission if they are available and, even if they were on the commission, professionals would have to be hired during the historical search process.

"I would rather see the commission go ahead and do their homework," Willes said. "Let's stay with what we've got and then see what happens."


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Recycling sites

- Orchard Elementary, 1035 N. 800 East

- Orem Recreation Center, 580 W. 165 South

- Smith's grocery store on Center Street

- Macey's grocery store, 1555 N. State

- Orem High School, 175 S. 400 East.