Flint activist wants more effort to recycle water bottles

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FLINT (WJRT) - (01/25/16) - A Flint woman is concerned all the plastic water bottles needed in the Flint water crisis will end up littering the streets or taking up space in landfills. That's why she's starting a grassroots effort to recycle all those bottles.

Every day, thousands of water bottles leave distribution centers to quench the thirst of men, women, children and pets.

Janay Young hopes she has an answer. She wants friends and volunteers to help her round up the thousands, if not millions, of plastic bottles.

"Right now, I'm working on a project to help the citizens of Flint come together and start collecting these bottles and put in the effort to take them to the recycling company for the city of Flint," Young said.

Flint does offer curbside recycling, but Young says not enough people are using it or are aware of it.

"My effort right now is to go to each house as much as possible with my team and we're going to pass out and give each citizens of Flint a plastic bag whenever they need it and have them bag up bottles and put them to the curb," Young said.

On Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - noon, people can drop off used bottles at Wilkins School on East York Street in Flint.

Young calls her effort "Mission Project Flint."

"We're going to do this as long as possible, as long as it takes," Young said.

She hopes to convince recycling companies to scatter recycling bins around the city to make it easier for people to keep the bottles out of landfills.

"If you want to volunteer to help, we are very appreciative," Young said.

Young's Environmental is helping with the recycling effort. The company has set up a 20-yard roll off box near its office on Dort Highway near Coldwater Road in Genesee Township. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., you can drop off your used water bottles.

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