Less than two months after sending out a call for assistance, the Marietta Area Recycling Center's volunteer staff has doubled.
The all-volunteer recycling collection operation at 915 Gilman Ave. had just half a dozen regulars in November, and those folks were getting stretched thin, especially when someone was ill or on vacation. But since an article ran in The Marietta Times about their dilemma, they've gotten six more people to join their efforts.
"And there may be a couple more starting after the first of the year," said volunteer Becky Wright.
Most of the new recruits are retirees like Wright and the other regulars, but a pair of sisters have added some youth to the roster.
"I've always been concerned about the environment, and I've always wanted to do more to help out the environment," said 16-year-old Kyra Senchyshak of Parkersburg.
She and her 12-year-old sister Kelly go to the center every other Saturday and spend an hour to an hour-and-a-half packing and arranging the materials dropped off by local residents.
"A lot of it is sorting out, like, the right types of plastic and different types of glass into the appropriate containers," Kyra said.
Kelly said the sisters have fun at the center.
"I always want to do something for the community," she said. "You know that you help out with recycling."
Recycling center volunteer Brad Bond, 84, of Marietta, said the new volunteers are appreciated.
"It gets done faster. It gets done better," he said. "People are commenting on how neat the place looks, and that's a pleasure."
Wright said that as the new volunteers get acclimated the amount of time the veteran workers have to spend will decrease.
"What it's going to relieve is one person having to face a mountain of material, having to work at every single station by themselves," she said.
Bond said even folks who drop off materials have been pitching in, lending a hand with what they see needs done.
"We're getting a lot more help than we used to get," he said.
Materials including glass, aluminum cans, plastic and more can be dropped off at the center 24 hours a day, seven days a week.