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ndeed a sunny day and trees along the Old help prove that spring's not far away. Recycling: part two Despite rh The following article is part two in a three-part series on recycling for the North Mason area By MARK LEE In spite of impressions given by the beer companies, the concerns voiced by government and even increased popular participation, recycling is going through some tough times. Last year Don Lindgren, who owns Bremerton's Brem-Air Disposal Inc., lost more than $11,000 in his efforts to recycle cardboard. This year Lindgren expects to lose even more after having purchased in December the Peninsula Recycling Center, also located in Bremerton. To be sure any business losses, especially those incurred from depreciation of transportation vehicles, can be written off at tax time, but Lindgren says few people want to spend their time operating a break-even business. "Recycling in this country needs help," says Lindgren. By far, the largest segment trade for any recycling center in these parts comes from returned beer bottles. Yet over the past four years, the breweries have refused to increase the price they pay for each case of returned bottles. "I'm sure if you were to talk with the breweries, they would give you their reasons for freezing the price," says Lindgren, "but that price remains the principal 'bottom line' for any serious recycling toric, still "tough times" center. "Meanwhile, the owner of a recycling center has to contend with increased transportation costs, inflation and the increase in minimum wage. "So when the price paid by the breweries remains the same while costs continue to soar, then the recycling center operator is caught smack in the middle." Case in point: When the previous owner of the'Peninsula Recycling Center started his operations several years ago, he was able to eke out "a minimum wage existence," says Lindgren. But for the past year the center's been up for sale because the first owner could no longer support himself. Not surprisingly, investors didn't exactly beat a path to the recycling center's door. Finally, Lindgren bought the recycling operation and its $25,000 inventory of returned beer bottles and well-used loading equipment, not out of any shrewd business acumen, but because he's "in the waste business" and felt he "should support such ventures. "It may sound crazy, but it makes me feel good to see all the bottles, cans, glass and paper go back into circulation instead of into the ground." Then, after a momentary pause, he adds, "Actually, I guess that's not too crazy after all." Lindgren, like many Northwesterners, once resided in Los Angeles, and still recalls the "frightening scale" of unnecessary waste he witnessed in that megapolis. Another boon to existing and potential recycling centers, Lindgren says, would be the creation of some state and federal subsidizing programs. Transportation and handling are two of the major costs with which all recycling operations must deal. Each case of bottles must be handled at least three times. When the customer originally brings the case into the center, it has to be sorted, checked and stacked. Then it must be loaded onto the truck for shipping out. And finally, it must be off-loaded at its final destination, the brewery. Lindgren says his favorite part of the whole operation is watching the used bottles being cleaned up and sterilized in preparation for reuse. Such trips to the brewery help remind Lindgren that his added hassles from owning the recycling center are worth the effort. For their part, recyclers can help reduce handling and transportation costs. "Probably the most important thing a person bringing in a case of beer bottles can do is check to make sure that none of the bottles has cracked or chipped rims on top. "If the receiver at the brewery spots a chippedbottle, he usually throws out the whole case, which is understandable because he doesn't have time to sort through the cases." As for aluminum cans, Lindgren says to make sure that the bag contains only aluminum-type cans and no steel ones. Once again, one bad can causes the whole sack to be tossed away. Resmelting the aluminum cans calls for only the one type of can or else the whole process becomes more costly. The sure-fire way to distinguish between the two types of cans is to check for seams; aluminum cans have none. Lindgren also encourages any recyclers to drop by the center and talk with manager Pat Johnson, who'll provide the needed boxes for bottles and bags for cans. Peninsula Recycling is located on Park Avenue in Bremerton and remains open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center pays for beer bottles (42 cents per case average), aluminum cans (17 cents per pound) and newspapers (one cent per pound). Peninsula manager Pat Johnson said the center accepts glass but there is no payment. In spite of all the current frustrations, Lindgren says that increased volume will one day make recycling profitable, not only for society but also for the private investors. Lindgren is constantly searching for ways to increase the amount of recycling performed in Bremerton and surrounding areas. Although the North Mason area may not have as large a population as Kitsap County, Lindgren says he feels it should begin supporting recycling efforts. Community groups such as scouts and school organizations throughout Kitsap County have worked out deals with Lindgren where they collect the recyclable materials and are then allowed to keep part of the profit to help finance club projects. One of the more successful of such operations has been the work done with the Kitsap Lions Club. Five-ton containers for collecting newspapers have been placed in three locations around Bremerton and one in nearby Silverdale. For each container, the Lions get to keep 20 percent of the gross profit, which produced approximately $600 in revenue for the service organization last year. Lindgren says he would gladly work with any North Mason community service organizations wanting to encourage recycling in their area. "It may seem like I'm 'losing money' the way things are set up now, but in the long run I'm convinced recycling will more than pay for itself." Don Lindgren, owner of the Peninsula Recycling Center, shows how it's done. Local service organizations can help clean up their community while bringing extra funds into their coffers by sponsoring paper collection dumpsters such as the one Don is helping fill. Thursday, March 9, 1978 Section of the Shelton-Mason County Journal Ifair sort yard awarded final aration of non-significance meetingthe Transportation (DOT) Voted to anning office's the 27-acre yard for given its final environmental negative .nt tl Will be proposal and proceed with the health the sort was only the but acted agency for of the entire thel planning final to which cology g pond ntenance ton 3sal below rnent of requirement on the design of the poject's access intersection on State Highway 3 to insure safe turning movement and traffic circulation to and from the site. (3) Thurston-Mason Health District requirement on obtaining a site inspection approval for the yard office's septic system. (4) Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requirement on providing fire control equipment on site. According to Tim Koss, assistant county planner who has been in charge of collecting information on the proposed project, Weyerhaeuser is expected to have little trouble meeting the conditions. Approval for the disposing of anticipated wood waste at the Kitsap Sanitary Landfill located across from the Kitsap Airport has been given by the department of ecology. Weyerhaeuser has already said it will construct both a right-turn deceleration lane and a left-turn lane at the site's access to Highway 3. Approval of the office septic system will probably follow additional percolation tests needed once the site's f'mal grading is finished. With issuance of the final declaration, the procedural requirements set forth in the election facts March 14, voters in the North Mason i - polls to either approve or ,3 3 special levy proposed by the istrict. of the levy would be $3.69 per Valuation. from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., in the Episcopal Church; trict Two Firehall; s ric t Eight Firehali; ire District Two Firehall. State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and the county environmental ordinance have been met. Koss points out, however, that a negative declaration can be withdrawn in the future under the following conditions: (1) If the proposal is modified in such a manner that significant adverse environmental impacts occur; (2) If there was a misrepresentation of facts by the proponent to procur the negative declaration; (3) If new information indicating significant adverse environmental impacts becomes available prior to the issuance of the building permit. Issuance by the county of the building permit will follow approval of the site's septic system by the Thurston-Mason Health District. Donation runs into trouble Ever tried to give away some land and been refused? That's the improbable situation that the North Mason Friends of the Library finds itself in. Last fall the organization approached the county with the idea of donating six acres, currently owned by the Friends and located behind the existing library in Belfair, to the county for use as a nature park. Several years ago the Friends worked on securing a library for the North Mason area and were allowed to purchase eight acres from the Sam Theler community trust estate. Because their goal closely resembled the intents and sentiments expressed by Theler in his will, the group was able to purchase the parcel of land for the nominal cost of $10,000. Senior high honors announced Freshmen: David Becker, Darrell Bowmer, Steve Davis, Becky Esser, Sharon Jensen, John Knapp, Debbie Leyde, Chelli Mader, Jeff Marks, Ruth Marsh, Kurt Martinsen, Ronnie Martinsen, Diana Matson, Melody Pruitt, Mike Roberts and John Smith. Taking the money raised by the group from membership dues, calendar sales, book fairs and other projects, the Friends made a down payment of $2,000 and paid off the remainder over the next four years. Out of the eight acres only two were considered suitable for constructing any structures, so members of the Friends began discussing possible uses for the extra six acres which extend down to the tidelands along Lynch Cove. For the majority of the members the choice was simple - set aside the acreage as a nature preserve. The next problem was how to assure that the land would remain in its natural state for years to come. Especially because the Friends group is a private organization and might cease to exist in the future. According to Elizabeth Gatlin, president of the Friends and current librarian at the facility, the group wanted to donate the land to some continuing body and the county government seemed the logical choice. But then things began going astray Although they were initially interested the county commissioners immediately Seven students at North Mason High School have managed to pull down a perfect grade-point average for the first semester of the current school year. Students earning 4.0 averages are as follows: Bradley Nuszbaum, senior; Shelly Duncan, Jim Marks and James Cataldo, juniors; Carla Engman, Carrie Hite and Bruce Penner, freshmen. Other students qualified for the high school honor roll by earning grade-point averages of 3.2 or above while also receiving at least one "A" and five "B's." These students are as follows: Seniors: Cheri Anderson, Kerry Burrell, Christal Byerly, Ron Ellison, Denise Hite, Stacey Kronquist, Barbara McKnight, Jill Morgan, Fred Pfistner, Patti Roberts, Karla Schillinger, Tom Wegner and Chris Whitehall. Juniors: Paul Andrews, Martha Blakefield, Penny Byerly, David Davis, Christi Eldridge, William Johnson, Dane Hurd, Jackie Kimball, Don LaBerge, Darren MacGeorge, Karen Martin, Robert McKaig, Camilla Nuszbaum, Gayle Olson, Dana Petrick, Tom Pruitt, Kathy Reid, Allene Schuttke, Kim Shearer and Sue Veach. Sophomores: JJ Anderson, Dave Andrews, Theresa Barnett, Brenda Barrow, Ben Brainard, Eiissa Breshears, Sue Carlson, Peggy Gatlin, Terry Gifford, Dan i;ii Studious bunch. Seven students at North Mason High School earned "perfect" grade point averages. In back, from left, Bruce Penner, Shelly Duncan and Bradley Nuszbaum. In front, James Cataldo and Carrie Hite. Not pictured, Jim Marks and Carla Engman. Hannan, Kathy Gunselman, Cynthia Heath, Sue Huntington, Mike Kemp, Anita Knight, Pam Knight, Geri Leen, Kathi Lutzenhiser, Brita Mathiason, Teri Moore, Steve Merrill, Pam Newman, Melvi Petty, Vema Savor, David Smethers, Sonja Steinke, Diane Tabor, Mark Testu and Linda Wilkins. turned the matter over to the county prosecutor's office when the Friends began talking about including reversionary clauses in the deed to assure that the land would be used only as a nature reserve or a recreational park. In a letter sent to the Friends several weeks ago, the prosecutor's office stated that the county commissioners have a standing policy not to accept any land donations that include reversionary clauses. Although County Commissioner Tom Taylor, who represents the North Mason area, points out that the policy was initiated before he began his term, he also says that he agrees with it. "Taking land with reversionary clauses can really tie your hands," says Taylor, "Nobody knows what might come up in the future and if the land was subject to reversionary clauses the commissioners would be left with few options." Taylor also says that the commissioners sometimes find it "advantageous" for the county to trade land. For example, Taylor says, someone in the future might offer to trade such land, if they accepted it, for even more useful land located in a more desirable place for a park. "If the county is indeed going to have the responsibility of owning some section of land, then it should have complete control over it." Two other objections were raised in the letter prepared by the prosecutor's office and supported by the commissioners. First, the county is not actively searching for land to create a county park in the Belfair area and would have no money to develop the park even if it did accept the donation. Second, the county fears that if it took the land and attempted any improvements it would be accused of not living up to the original intent of the donation. Then the six acres might possibly revert back to the Friends and the county would have provided a tax shelter for the land over the years it had ownership of the parcel. Gatlin says she feels that the county officials "haven't listened to what we're trying to tell them. "First of all, no development of the land ,need even be considered. All we want the county to do is keep the land in its natural state. If any work needs to be done on it, then some local service group like the Boy Scouts could perform such chores. "As for taxes, they are minimal for the six acres, something like $75 per year. "Besides, even if the land did revert back to the Friends through some strange twist, what's wrong with the county 'sheltering' land so people in the North Mason area can have additional public recreation space?" With the county commissioners' decision last Monday to continue their policy of not accepting donations with reversionary clauses, giving the land to the county now seems out of the question and the Friends are back to where they started. Word has recently come to the organization, however, from the Port of Allyn commissioners that may just end the Friends' search for a continuing governmental body to administer the land. The port commissioners have indicated to the group that they would be willing to accept the six-acre donation with the reversionary clauses included. Although no formal action has been taken by the port commissioners, they plan to address the donation issue at an upcoming meeting and will probably vote to accept the land with reversionary clauses in the deed. The Port of Allyn currently operates the dock and boat launch in Allyn and another public dock and launch on the North Shore. HOMEMAKER CLUB ORGANIZED Any Belfair area homemakers interested in joining with friends in an Extension Homemaker Club should call Nadine Tietge, 275-2404. Educational programs are offered to clubs by the Cooperative Extension Service of Washington State University. Being a member of an Extension Homemaker Club makes the latest information readily available to homemakers. Extension information and programs are open to all without race, color, national origin or socio-economic discrimination.