The City of Murphy is joining forces with the Murphy Middle School Environmental Club in fulfilling the club’s commitment to helping the environment, and in its objective to learn about native plant life, according to City Manager James Fisher.
“Our community has long espoused a respect for the environment and for the natural beauty of the area. Our 2008 Bond program clearly reflected that. Our City’s Green Team is moving forward with many wonderful programs that are making a difference in our recycling and clean-up programs. And so , we welcome the opportunity to help the middle school students in making their own statement on the environment,” he said.
The City will begin assisting the club by becoming a collection point for small electronics and ink cartridges that the students will forward to a recycling program. After collecting the items from the City and other locations, the club will send these items to Cartridges for Kids, a division of Waste Management and receive a donation.
In addition to the cartridges, the club accepts PDAs, iPods, working or non-working mobile phones, video games, digital cameras, MP3s, laptops, video game consoles, DVD movies (with cases), and electronic devices such as tablets, eReaders, and notebooks. The club uses the funds from the recycling program to maintain their native garden, to purchase mulch and materials for their vegetable garden, and to plant trees during Earth Day.
“Residents who want to join us in helping the club can place appropriate items in the special collection box set inside City Hall’s Customer Service Department on the first floor,” said Fisher. The collection box is currently in place.
“Murphy can set the tone in the entire North Texas area in the challenge to preserve our environment. We’re blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, but we also know that our responsibility in maintain it is crucially important. Getting that message across to our young citizens is an extremely worthwhile endeavor that will pay dividends in the long run,” he concluded.