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September 9, 2013

'Recycling czar' has plans to make Port greener


“This project was a win-win for everyone involved,” said Mayor Donna Holaday, in a statement.

“We have reduced our disposal costs, offered a convenient service and it has helped find meaningful employment for these young adults.”

Holaday, at public events, has referred to Ettenborough as one of the city’s most effective employees.

Ettenborough has also developed a program to recycle Styrofoam, and city officials estimate that about 23 trailer truckloads of the substance have been carted to recycling rather than to incinerators.

More efforts are in the offing.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the municipal transfer station she manages will host a collection of hazardous waste (oil paint, pesticides, chemicals) from residents of three towns: Newburyport, West Newbury and Merrimac. It runs from 8 a.m. to noon on the grounds of the Department of Public Services at 16A Perry Way.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, Ettenborough’s department will facilitate a Community Energy Strategies Program at 7 p.m. at City Hall, to bring together citizens with different views on how the community can identify clean-energy strategies.

And this fall her team will continue to recycle unused electronics devices (TV sets, computers) that residents dispose of in incredible numbers.

Ettenborough’s department’s success at training young people and those with disabilities has resulted in a commendation from the Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport.

The manager of green has also received citations from the state Senate and the House of Representatives.

“We’ve pursued grant opportunities, and we’ve partnered with state agencies to help with our projects,” said Ettenborough.

“Also, cooperation among all departments at City Hall has been good, so we are able to draw on the assets of other departments (such as the Department of Public Services) with our projects.”

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