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Cardboard Recycling Anniversary Celebrated at Portage Lake District Library

The public is invited to the Portage Lake District Library on Saturday, February 4, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to join the community celebration of the First Anniversary of the Houghton County Cardboard Recycling Center in Atlantic Mine.

Kids and adults will have fun-filled, hands-on recycling activities to participate in. They can make art and musical instruments out of recyclables, bring toys and books from home to swap and trade with each other, become a packaging detective, make a fort or castle out of stove and refrigerator boxes, learn about the Michigan Tech Energy Demonstration House, watch a demonstration on how to make green household cleaners, and more.

There will also be recycling reports from Houghton and Keweenaw counties and Chassell, a presentation about backyard composting, and recycling awards will be given.

Refreshments will be served, and prizes will be raffled. People are also encouraged to bring their flattened cardboard boxes to this event. Cardboard that is collected will be taken to the recycling center at 1:00 p.m.

The Houghton County Cardboard Recycling Center is located adjacent to the Houghton County Transfer Station in Atlantic Mine. It is funded with a $90,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to Houghton County. The Copper Country Recycling Initiative and the Houghton County Board of Commissioners were instrumental in the development of this cardboard recycling center.

This event is sponsored by the Copper Country Recycling Initiative, the Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, the Portage Lake District Library, and the Keweenaw Food Co-op.

This event is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the Portage Lake District Library at 482-4570.

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