Pratt Cub Scouts visited the Pratt County Recycle Center as they study the importance of recycling.

Some very energetic cub scouts showed off their sorting skills during a trip to the Pratt County Recycling Center Nov. 28.

The Scouts were learning about the importance of recycling and how it is important for the environment, said Wolf Den Leader Tammy Gordon.

Scouts got a quick course in how recycling works from Jason Winkel, Pratt County Landfill Manager.

Then the scouts each sorted items from buckets into their proper bins. Each scout looked carefully at the numbers on various plastic items and had fun tossing them into the proper bin.

A highlight of the evening was getting to watch the new cardboard compactor "Cram-A-Lot" crush cardboard into a cardboard bale weighing hundreds of pounds.

The scouts are working towards a badge in the community category. The visit helped emphasize that instead of throwing things away, they should recycle as much as possible to keep things out of the landfill, Gordon said.

She said the county has nice facility and she wanted the boys to take advantage of the facility and recycle.

Winkel said he hoped the scouts learned the importance of recycling and will pass that information on to their parents so they will become good recyclers too. If every would recycle everything they could, it would cut their trash in half.

Winkel said with Christmas coming, people needed to remember that much of Christmas can be recycled. Wrapping paper and bows can all be recycled along with all those boxes. Boxes can be either cardboard or the light weight chip board.

Besides the regular recycle material, the recycle center can also take Household Hazard Waste products.

The recycle center is open from 7 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The center is located at 1102 South Main and their phone number is 620-672-4107.

Winkel requests that all containers be rinsed, separate all paper products and don't leave items outside the facility.

Acceptable Items:

• Clear, Brown and Green Glass.

• Pete No. 1 (soft drink plastic).

• HDPE No. 2 (clorox plastic).

• Mixed Plastic No. 3 to No. 7.

• Milk Jugs.

• Magazines.

• Newspapers with Inserts.

• White Paper.

• Colored Paper.

• Tin Cans.

• Aluminum Cans.

• Phone Books.

• Paperback Books.

• Corrugated Cardboard.

• Chip Board.

Unacceptable items:

• Tissue Paper.

• Paper Towels.

• Plastic Binders.

• Styrofoam (all).

• Window Glass.

Acceptable HHW:

Auto Related:

• Antifreeze.

• Auto Batteries.

• Used oil.

• Wiper Blades.

Workshop Related:

• Oil Based Paints.

• Latex Paints.

• Paint Thinners.

• Paint and Varnish Removers.

• Stains and Varnishes.

• Fluorescent Ballasts.

Household Related:

• Abrasive Cleaners.

• Ammonia.

• Bleach.

• Disinfectants.

• Drain Cleaners.

• Electronics (televisions, computers, etc.).

• Furniture Polish.

• Household Batteries.

• Poisons.

• Herbicides.

• Aerosols.

• Oven Cleaners.

• Rechargeable Batteries.

• Cell Phones.