Residents urged to recycle

Christina Calloway

The Portales MainStreet program is urging local businesses to recycle and become more energy efficient even if it just means making small changes.

Portales MainStreet Manager Sandy Van Der Veen recently attended a seminar that focused on “going green” and saving money and resources.

“We want to inform people how to go green,” Van Der Veen said. “That doesn’t mean you have to do the extreme, just use the backside of a paper to start.”

There is no major recycling program in Portales and Van Der Veen says that was one of the first issues she tried to resolve when she became MainStreet manager.

Van Der Veen recently spoke with Portales City Manager Tom Howell about bringing a recycling bin to where the Farmer’s Market is in Portales.

Van Der Veen plans to got before the city council this month to get this action approved by the city.

“It’s a small start but I really hope it goes somewhere,” Van Der Veen said. “It’s contagious, one person does it and another does it, and another.”

Local business owner and newly elected city councilor Matt Hunton said Van Der Veen is on the right track.

“I think to get the city moving in that direction is to inform the city what they can do,” Hunton said. “People don’t realize how easy it is to recycle. At Hunton Insurance, we’ve gone paperless to where we scan everything we can and we don’t print emails.”

Van Der Veen has also been in contact with representatives from New Mexico’s Manufacturing Program, which can help local businesses assess what and how much of their resources they’re using and show them where they can make changes.

Van Der Veen stresses that just making an effort is important and the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce has pads of scrap paper for free so businesses can start.

“Recycling will make people think twice about how much paper they do use,” Van Der Veen said.