Trash to Treasure inspires locals to recycle

MARQUETTE– This weekend the city of Marquette is hoping to inspire recycling and helping out college students.

The community wide annual Trash to Treasure event has always been for just one day, but this year it’s running all weekend. Starting Friday August 25th at 5 p.m. to Sunday August 27th at 5 p.m. lamps, furniture, and electronics will be placed on curbs around the city and are available for the taking. The city recommends Northern Michigan students moving back for the school year participate in the treasure hunt.

“That’s why we sort of pick this date because the college kids are coming back,” director of public works and utilities Curt Goodman said. “I went to college too, we were all on a tight budget and also it does recycle.”

The program is designed to increase awareness in recycling, by creating an alternative means of reusing items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. The city advises residence to remove lawn ornaments and other objects to avoid mistaken identity. All treasures must be removed from the curb by 5 p.m. August 27th.

For more information contact the Public Works Department.