The Cherokee Parks & Recreation Department has recently purchased new trash receptacles, courtesy of the "Build With Bags" grant monies.
The receptacles are made from recycled plastics, such as shopping bags, and were made right here in Cherokee at R. J. Thomas Manufacturing.
Public entities were eligible for up to $2,000 of the $50,000 in grant funds to help them purchase recycled plastic outdoor furniture and equipment, and Ellis and Ladwig applied for the grant, one of 24 awarded. They were awarded $1,946 to purchase the receptacles, which they plan to place at Central Park, Polson Park, the Wescot Park ballfields, and City Hall (pictured).
The "Build With Bags" Program is a cooperative effort among the Iowa Grocery Industry Association, "Keep Iowa Beautiful," the Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and The Des Moines Register.
The program was developed to support the primary goal of increasing plastic bag recycling. Local grocery stores HyVee and Fareway make it easy for anyone to participate in plastic bag recycling by having collection bins available at their stores. Please recycle.