Archive for Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Recycling supervisor takes Spokane job

January 31, 2007


The city leader who is responsible for overseeing Lawrence's recycling efforts has accepted a job in Spokane, Wash.

Mollie Mangerich, the city's waste reduction and recycling supervisor, pictured above, will leave Friday. Mangerich, who has worked for the city for 11 years, will be working for the city of Spokane as its director of solid waste systems.

Mangerich came to Lawrence from the Spokane area, where she completed her graduate work. During her tenure in Lawrence, Mangerich's division was responsible for establishing the cardboard and office paper recycling program for businesses, launched the annual Home Energy Conservation Fair, and increased the number of cardboard and newspaper recycling bins in the community.

The city also posted a recycling rate - 33 percent in 2005 - that was consistently above the national average and among the highest in the state.

"Even though our population grows and the amount of waste grows, our recycling rates also grow," Mangerich said. "The history of this community really has been to always take a lot of pride in itself."


Slav 11 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, yeah, move to a state that supports recycling. Well, I'd take the easy way out too. Maybe someday we'll decide that recycling's more important than roundabouts and recreation centers.

pelliott 11 years, 4 months ago

I thought Mollie did a good job. I think the city comission did not. Everytime city wide curbside collection is suggested a current private service speaks against it, saying it would hurt their business. Some of the guys are pretty good, most are in and out of business. We should not use recycyling as a way for a few people to make a few bucks before they move on. Recycling is more important than a few temporary jobs. It can reduce waste and pollution. We need city wide pickup of at least some of the most easily recyclable items. Tons of aluminum cans go to the Hamms landfill from Lawrence, now. Houndreds of tons of paper products, cardboard, newspaper and other recyclable paper goes.down the road to jeff co. now. We need at least a once a month curbside pickup for those items at the curbside. Please call or email your city comissioner.

naturalist 11 years, 4 months ago

Job well done, Mollie! Good luck in your new venture.

roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 4 months ago

I didn't realize this town did anything about recycling. And here I've been taking mine down to Wal-Mart like a chump.

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