JB Green Team sets goals high

NEEDING A LITTLE HELP — The JB Green Team needs the public’s help in providing food to the needy this holiday season. Cash proceeds from paper and cardboard collected at the Fort Steuben Mall will be given to area food banks. JB Green Team staff participating in the process are, from left, E. Louise Holliday, environmental educator; Natalie Lysle, administrative assistant; and Anita Petrella, executive director. -- Mark Law

STEUBENVILLE — The JB Green Team has a goal of providing more cash to food pantries this holiday season, but it needs the public’s help to get there.

The JB Green Team, the solid waste authority for Jefferson and Belmont counties, is participating in Stock the Pantry — America Recycles Day for the 11th year, said E. Louise Holliday, environmental educator.

Proceeds from the collection of paper and cardboard at the Fort Steuben Mall will be donated to area food pantries.

Holliday said $150 was presented to seven food pantries last year. She said the goal this year is $200.

The bins for cardboard and paper are located near J.C. Penney at the mall.

Stuff the Pantry — America Recycles Day will continue through Nov. 18.

In 2018 JB Green Team recycled 35,340 pounds of paper and paper products, said Anita Petrella, executive director.

“I would like to thank Valley Converting and the Fort Steuben Mall for working with us every year on this worthwhile activity,” she said.

Paper items include, but are not limited to, newspapers, junk mail, cereal boxes, magazines and phone books. JB Green Team is asking residents to place all items into a box or paper bag or place the items lose into the bin. Paper plates, cups, napkins, candy wrappers or items soiled with food cannot be recycled.

“Stock The Pantry — America Recycles Day is a special paper recycling event, and this is an excellent opportunity to help do our part for our local pantries and celebrate America Recycles Day, Petrella said.

America Recycles Day is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, and is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S., according to JB Green Team.

Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on Nov. 15 to educate, promote environmental citizenship and encourage action.

For information about America Recycles Day or taking the pledge to recycle visit jbgreenteam.org or call the JB Green Team office (740) 266-6899.