Plastics aplenty

Effort continues today 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Foundation to push for use of recycled material in road building
2011-01-17T00:00:00Z Plastics aplentyBy ANGELA BRANDT Independent Record Helena Independent Record
January 17, 2011 12:00 am  • 

This weekend the Student Advocates for Valuing the Environment Foundation plastics recycle drive was a resounding success.

“We think it may be our biggest winter drive yet,” said Matt Elsaesser, SAVE Foundation executive director. “We feel really good about it.”

The drive continues today from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1100 N. Last Chance Gulch, which is located behind the YMCA. For information, call 449-6008 or visit

The SAVE Foundation runs a bimonthly drive for soda bottles, milk jugs, clear trays and laundry detergent bottles. The next will be March 11 to 14.

The drives, which began about six years ago, have grown immensely over the years. Partners in the efforts include the State of Montana General Services Division, the City of Helena, Pacific Steel & Recycling and City-County Sanitation among others.

This weekend, the drive boasted about 30 volunteers. Elsaesser added that volunteers are always welcome and can feel free to just stop by the drive and donate their time.

In addition to the drives, SAVE Foundation also is pushing for legislation involving recycling.

Elsaesser said one of the main issues the organization is helping craft legislation on is to use recycled glass and tires in highway construction.

“Our main priority is to expand recycling,” he said.

SAVE Foundation is also advocating creating an incentive for the use of gray water.

The organization has had success in legislation in previous sessions, including the ability to use gray water in residential constructions and helping to get the initial funding for a biofuels plant in Havre.

Elsaesser said the bills the SAVE Foundation is helping craft do not have their final sponsors set.

Reporter Angela Brandt: 447-4078 or

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    TrustButVerify - January 17, 2011 8:16 am
    This event is always well organized and administered. I, for one, am pleased that they have resumed accepting plastic trays as so many of them are used in packaging. I do wish the medicine bottle makers would make their triangled encased numbers bigger so my aging eyes can better decipher whether it is a 1, a 7 or a 2.

    It would also be helpful if the city would partner up and take glass at the same time as this is the one recyclable that the city will not pick up. It all boils down to money, I am sure and as long as we tax payers are mesmerized by the chant of no new taxes and smaller government, we will continue to experience fewer and fewer services. Oops! There I go again, off on a tangent. Well, back on track - Great Job, S.A.V.E.!!!!

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