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Next time you think of tossing that milk jug or cardboard box in the trash, think again. Along with those, there are several common items that can be recycled right here in town. Each and every weekend, our friends at the Recycling Center are giving their time, at no cost to you, to give the planet a ‘hug.’

Originally started as offshoot of the Green Team, funds generated by the center go to helping support the Douglas County Senior Foundation. The money that is made from donations for ‘recycling’ unwanted goods goes directly to providing services that benefit our local seniors. So when you give to have something recycled, you are giving back to the community.

But while almost anything can be accepted at this location, there are some things that are not.

“We take just about everything,” says volunteer Lisa Gerious-Rohl ” but there are some things we can’t accept like shredded paper, Styrofoam and metal or wire.” And though they wish they could give some relief to the kitchen cabinet overflowing with plastic bags, those can’t be taken either. But rest assured, King Soopers on Founders Parkway and Walmart have bins where the bags can be readily dropped off.

If you can, spend some time during the cold months ruffling through the garage and basement to see if there are things you can put aside for a trip to the Recycling Center. Your extra effort and kindness will give grandma and grandpa a reason to smile.

When: Every Saturday from 10 am – 12 pm. These hours are effective beginning November 1, 2015.

Where: 701 Prairie Hawk Drive, at the southwest corner of Wolfensberger and Prairie Hawk Drive, Castle Rock. We share the parking lot with the Douglas County School District’s West Support Center.

Volunteers needed! We ask for one 2-hour commitment per month. If interested please send an email to communityrecyclingcenter@gmail.com.