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A calling to recycle

New coordinator a woman on a mission

Recycling Coordinator Kim Grant (click for larger version)
September 13, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — The town's recycling effort has a new face.

Recycling Coordinator Kim Grant began her new jobThursday, Sept. 2 to replace Melissa Joyce, who left last month to pursue a master's degree.

Grant previously worked as a part-time recycling coordinator in Burrillville R.I., and before that as a tour guide at the state's central landfill. She has a bachelor of arts degree from Rhode Island College in Providence. Grant, in an interview in her Town Hall office last week, said she took the job here because she wanted to continue her passion for recycling closer to where she grew up in Attleboro.

"I am very passionate about recycling. There's lots of opportunity here to do that," Grant said.

Grant, as did her predecessor, will also be charged with enforcing solid waste regulations. Morin said the town officially added the work into Grant's job description.

Grant was chosen over four other finalists and seven other applicants for the job, according to Health Department Director James Morin. He, Town Manager Christopher Clark and Board of Health Chairman Thomas O'Leary served on the search committee.

Just 10 days into the job, Grant said she is greatly enjoying the work so far, which includes answering residents' recycling questions and working to boost the town's recycling rate of 16-percent.

"I like it," she said.

Grant said she plans to use several tools boost the town's recycling rate, including pointing residents to the town's new recycling web site, www.thinkreduce.com. On it, residents an schedule a pickup for a bulk waste item. They can also bone up on other recycling information.

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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