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Buy Recycled Grant procures new benches for court square

| June 20, 2013

COSHOCTON – Thanks to a grant from the Coshocton-Fairfield-Licking-Perry Solid Waste District, new park benches will be appearing around the Coshocton County Courthouse and Main Street area.

The benches are made of 97 percent recycled plastic and manufactured in Aurora, Ill. They were purchased from Kauffman Lawn Furniture in Millersburg. Twenty benches were purchased for $300 each.

The Coshocton County Commissioners helped to ensure grant money would be available with their support of the grant written by the county’s recycling and litter prevention office.

“The commissioners, along with the Coshocton Port Authority and Coshocton is Blooming Committee, took a look at the current park benches around the courthouse area and saw they needed to be replaced,” said Jeff Wherley, program manager for the county’s recycling and litter prevention program.

Wherley said the recycled-plastic benches are a huge upgrade from the old metal-and-wood structures which have been on the court square for years.

“With the recycled plastic you will get no rusting, no rotting, no warping,” he said. “They are also UV-treated so they will not fade, even after years of exposure.”

Wherley said he thinks the best thing about the benches is that they are for public use.

“A lot people, when you ask them about recycling, they’ll say aluminum cans. It’s just the first thing that comes to their minds. Which is fine, but cans usually come back as cans. This shows just how many uses there are for all the recycled products. You can do just about anything with recycled products. It doesn’t end at the recycling trailer or bin.”


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