A community service project for a Miss Lehi contestant has led to a citywide recycling program - the first in northern Utah County and probably the most extensive in the county.

In a program that started Nov. 15, residents can bring aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, glass and office and computer paper to a recycling trailer located at 154 N. Center. The trailer is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.Involvement in the project is voluntary, although the City Council is encouraging citywide participation, Councilwoman Carolyn Player said.

"Participation will require only minor changes in daily habits. All citizens have to do is save any recyclable projects and bring them to the collection site."

According to Player, who supervises the program, the trailer has been donated by the company that provides Lehi's waste collection service. Cost for the service is included along with the city's regular monthly collection charges. The semi-trailer type vehicle the company is providing is equipped with various bins for the different recyclable items and with stairs to reach those bins.

The trailer is being monitored periodically by both the collection company and the city's senior citizens to make sure the collection site remains clean and uncluttered, as well as to ensure that abuses don't take place, she said.

One of the 1990 Miss Lehi Contest participants, Chrissie Evans, approached the city about instigating such a program, though originally the senior citizens were going to provide the service. However, after two months of planning, the city received an offer from the waste collection company, including the provision of the collection trailer and delivery of the recycled items to a recycling center. Additionally, the city will receive any proceeds received from recycling companies.

Those proceeds from the project, which is ongoing, will go toward restoration of the Lehi Memorial Building, Player said. "It's very exciting because not only does the project help clean up the environment, but it also helps with a much-needed city project."

Since the project began, more and more citizens have begun participating in the program, she said, though the city does not have exact statistics on the volume of material collected so far.

"There has been a very good response to the program so far - it seems as though it's growing by leaps and bounds each week," Player said. "I think our citizens realize that this is something that's going to be critical in the next century, and it's nice to see us kind of taking the lead with the program."



Recycling guidelines

- Magazines and newspapers, as well as non-brown craft paper newspaper inserts.

- No catalogs or phone books. Remove rubber bands and plastic covers.

- Office or computer paper. Remove paper clips, tape, glue or post-it notes.

- Clear, green and brown glass items. Rinse bottles and remove the lids.

- Plastic items such as milk jugs and two-liter soda pop bottles. Rinse the bottles and remove the lids.

- Aluminum beverage cans. Crush to reduce volume.