Weekly Roundup: Food bank, county recycling, boy scout project

Catch up on what happened this week in Medford.

United Airlines donates $5,000 to the Food Bank of South Jersey

Blenda Riddick, Director of Corporate & Government Affairs for United Airlines, presents a $5,000 check for the Food Bank of South Jersey’s Summer Meals program to Lavinia Awosanya, Director of Strategic of Strategic Partnerships, Food Bank of South Jersey.

United Airlines recently supported the Food Bank of South Jersey’s Summer Meals program by making a $5,000 donation to benefit five Summer Meal locations throughout Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties.

As part of its sponsorship, Blenda Riddick, Director of Corporate and Government Affairs for United Airlines, was on-hand at Sanitarium Playground of New Jersey to help serve children a fresh and nutritious lunch featuring chicken nuggets, celery, plums and milk. Located in Gloucester County, the site typically feeds 400 food insecure families a day.

County recycling officials urge ‘when in doubt, throw it out’

Photo by Alison Lowery.

The problem facing the Burlington County Recycling Program is not participation. With approximately 96 percent of residents putting out their recyclables each week, Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs said there is no shortage of residents who are eager to recycle. The problem is that more than three-quarters of residents are recycling incorrectly.

“Almost every person is recycling and we need to make sure they’re doing it right,” Gibbs said.

Gibbs said the county’s shift to a single-stream recycling system in 2015 encouraged people to separate their recyclable and disposal materials, but as recycling mills continue to require lower contamination rates, the cost to sort and clean materials is rising. In 2018, it will cost Burlington County an additional $3 million to run its recycling program.

The full story can be found at https://medfordsun.com/county-recycling-officials-urge-when-in-doubt-throw-it-out-dd4c66c99669

Boy Scout efforts don’t go unnoticed by council

Photo submitted by Ellen Sterbenz.

Boy Scout Troop 26 was honored at this week’s township council meeting for its contribution in beautifying the entrance of the public safety building.

The troop participated in recutting the weed-filled mulch bed, removing dead plants and old buried edging rocks, building up the ground around the retaining wall with mulch and adding plants to create an appealing sight for residents and guests passing by the building due to the high popularity of visitors at Freedom Park across the street.

The full story can be found at https://medfordsun.com/boy-scout-efforts-dont-go-unnoticed-by-council-5d7a44d97f11