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Recycling drive exchanges new notebooks for old

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

On Wednesday, August 1, the local government, through its recycling program, handed out 15,000 notebooks made of recycled paper. Through this program one new notebook is exchanged for three used ones. This year the goal is to hand out 40,000 new notebooks.

For the second year in a row, the municipal government, through its Public Services Department, has held the paper recycling program. The program is open to all sanmiguelenses, who can bring as many books, magazines, newspapers and other kinds of paper for recycling as they wish. The program has three main objectives: to support families with schoolchildren, instill in children the importance of recycling and foster a culture of saving trees.

Julián Villela, head of Public Services, said that last year 30,000 notebooks were handed out. Recyclable paper is being accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30am–4pm at the Public Services Department, located at the Presidencia building. Paper will be accepted as long as they have new notebooks to hand out. The used paper is sold to Biopapel, which is located in Veracruz.

When the program was launched last week, hundreds of residents arrived carrying paper in bags, boxes and even strollers. Juan Andrés Zavala, a secondary-school student, said that with the material he was carrying he was looking forward to receiving at least 10 notebooks. Señora Guillermina, also there at the time, did not count how many used notebooks or books she handed over, but she received 18 new notebooks. She has three children in primary school, and these notebooks will save her about 180 pesos. She said, “I will use the money I save to pay the voluntary donation at the school.

Although it is voluntary, if I don’t pay, then they won’t give me my son’s documents when I need them.”

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