Earth Day: Making a difference, one box at a time

Coronavirus pandemic causes local Rotarians to adapt recycling efforts.

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April 23, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Rotarian Steve Strickler takes a break from loading cardboard into a baler amidst hundreds of pounds of recycled materials. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

On an Earth Day like no other before it, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the air was cleaner than in decades and animals had begun to reclaim the streets in many urban areas across the globe.

And in Allen County, the weather may have been rainy and gloomy, but that didn’t stop Steve Strickler from collecting cardboard boxes from around town and loading them into the baler for recycling.

Clad in his bright red Kansas City Chiefs hoodie, he scooped up piece after piece and tossed them into the waiting jaws of the old contraption.

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