Businesses join Hillsville's recycling effort

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McDonald's and a convenience store are saving the town money by keeping cardboard out of dump.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Increasing recycling will save money as Hillsville officials work with businesses to keep cardboard out of the dump, according to a discussion at the town council’s Aug. 27 meeting.
Council Member David Young thanked McDonald’s management for cooperating with town officials to keep cardboard from out of the landfill by recycling it instead.
“Their dumpsters were being overloaded with boxes,” Young reported at the meeting. “They jumped onboard with us on this recycling.”

It’s good for both Hillsville and the business, town officials said. Young and Mayor Greg Crowder first talked about increasing recycling rates after riding on a garbage truck with the town crews.
“They’ve eliminated one dumpster completely by taking the boxes out,” Young said about the activity at McDonald’s.
The Race In convenience store began recycling its cardboard, Crowder explained.
“We’ve eliminated a dumpster-and-a-half a week,” he said. “That saved the town so much money in the landfill and I’d like for everybody to try to do that and separate their cardboard” from trash.
McDonald’s at Interstate 77’s busy Exit 14 is one of Hillsville’s larger trash customers, and Crowder indicated he expects more businesses recycling will also make a difference in the amount of tipping fees the town has to pay.
Next, town officials will talk to another fast food business at Exit 14, he added.
“That will relieve a lot of pressure on our tipping fees,” Crowder said. “I’d like our citizens to be involved in recycling and that will also help serve our bottom line.”
Though the additional recycling doesn’t change the Hillsville McDonald’s expenses, restaurant Supervisor Jimmy Gallimore said they are happy to do their part to help out.
The restaurant convenient to I-77 does a brisk business. It requires a food delivery about every three days and practically all supplies come in cardboard boxes.
Instead of throwing those boxes in the eight-cubic-yard and 8,000-pound capacity dumpster, employees simply break them down and stack them along the walls inside the garbage “corral” for recycling collection.
They decided to break down the boxes anyway, because they’d take up too much space with the other garbage otherwise. The fact that the restaurant reconstructed their corral at the same time as a recent building remodel provided enough space for storing the cardboard in an out-of-the-way place.
Recycling is good for the environment and helps the town, too, so it’s a positive for everybody, Gallimore said.
“It’s just a good thing — we want to portray a good image and that’s a good way to do it,” the supervisor said. “It would be great if all the other businesses would follow suit, especially if they had the space to do it.”