Bye, Scrappy; hello SCSWA.net
By Suzanne Michaels
For the Sun-News
SCSWA recycling coordinator Tarkeysha Burton next to an image from the new website www.SCSWA.net.
LAS CRUCES >> Remember Scrappy? He was the puppy image and friendly face of curbside recycling in Las Cruces when the program was launched in April 2011. Scrappy was the brainchild of the South Central Recycling Partnership, a citizen group that pushed hard for curbside recycling and voluntarily attended meetings for two years to ensure curbside services met the needs of our community.
Scrappy’s name was also incorporated into the first website of the South Central Solid Waste Authority — www.TheScrappyPages.com — providing answers to questions about trash, recycling, Corralitos Regional Landfill, and the transfer station.
“Scrappy,” the friendly image created by the South Central Recycling Partnership to help put a face on curbside recycling, is still seen on trucks hauling recyclables from Las Cruces to Friedman Recycling Plant in northeast El Paso.
Four years later, time has marched on and the services provided by the SCSWA have grown dramatically to include drop-off glass recycling, crushed glass give-back to the community, tire shredding, electronics recycling, and the multi-agency effort to end illegal dumping.
So a new website has been born — www.SCSWA.net — to serve as an expanded resource for city and county residents. The new, site is the result of the hard work of recycling coordinator Tarkeysha Burton, who explained, “The new website is sleeker and easier to maneuver, which makes getting information about recycling and waste services easier for our residents.”
Today you can find answers to your questions on the just-launched www.SCSWA.net, and quickly access information about all issues dealing with solid waste and recycling in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County: drop-off glass recycling, electronics recycling, in town recycling, drop-off recycling in the county, school recycling, and business recycling top the list of accessible items.
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“In the new website,” Burton said, “we wanted to incorporate not only the SCSWA name, but also the SCSWA vision and commitment to recycling and waste reduction, as well as provide a better way to inform residents about the many services available to them.”
And what about Scrappy? “Well, he’s not gone; his smiling face is still on some of our trucks,” noted Burton, “But I think he’s earned a bit of a break from providing recycling education.”
Check out the new website at www.SCSWA.net.