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I challenge all Laconia restaurants to match our recycling effort

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To the editor,

I was appalled with the lack of involvement in recycling efforts by the residents of Laconia. I reference, Laconia Daily Sun, dated March17th. The best we can do is 22-percent!

Several months ago I was approached by my son Brandon for us to begin recycling at our business, "My Coffee House". I thought it would be quite hard, with all the different types of material we dispose. However with the single stream recycle program, the disposal companies have made ...

To the editor,

I was appalled with the lack of involvement in recycling efforts by the residents of Laconia. I reference, Laconia Daily Sun, dated March17th. The best we can do is 22-percent!

Several months ago I was approached by my son Brandon for us to begin recycling at our business, "My Coffee House". I thought it would be quite hard, with all the different types of material we dispose. However with the single stream recycle program, the disposal companies have made it very comfortable to work with. We have two bins at the main sandwich making and prep-station area, where we separate the trash and recycled goods. Working with Mike Mills of Mills Industries in Laconia, he has come up with recycling labeled containers, one for "trash", and one for "recycled". These containers are made of a heavy-duty corrugated plastic and have been very helpful in our efforts to separate our waste, and they look nice.

The containers can be seen at My Coffee House, or by contacting Mike Mills direct, at Mills Industries. Mike has told me these can be purchased in quantities of 50 to 100, or more, and can be printed with your company name and information. Mills Industries also instituted using the city's “curbside and recycled receptacles” for their recycled materials. In one year Mills realized $4,500 cost savings due to recycling efforts. This effort even falls in line with the city's own recycling container program it has started in the parks and downtown. By the way, with the help of the Mills' containers, we RECYCLE OVER 75-PERCENT of all our waste. So what's the problem Laconia ? This is GREEN WEEK in Laconia. Let's show them what we can do! It has been reported that Laconia has a cost avoidance of $150 per ton, for every ton of recyclables taken out of the waste stream.

I hereby challenge all the restaurants and manufactures in Laconia to match our recycling efforts, and the efforts of Mills Industries, and show Laconia that we as concerned businesses will take the lead and fully support the recycling effort. I called Ann Saltmarsh at Public Works Department. She heads up the recycle program for the city, and can give you a list of recyclable items for commercial and manufacturing business like ours.

Please add your business name to this list: My Coffee House, Mills Industries

John Morin

Laconia