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Preserve Medora: Saving today so we can share tomorrow.

by Jennifer Ondracek

Jennifer OndracekMedora has always been a community proud of it’s rich heritage. All of us in the community love to share the region’s history and preserve it as much as we can. As I was thinking of ideas for a community project I came to the realization that although my community is working hard on preserving the past, we are not looking at preserving our future. With the amount of visitors we get every summer, our garbage volume is huge! We send truckloads of garbage to the landfill every year. I decided to tackle a recycling program for Medora.

As I sat down to plan this out, I realized many things. Not only am I going to have to come up with a plan to collect and drop off recycling, I’m going to have to educate the community on the different elements of recycling. I sat down and thought of the how, who, what, where, when and why of this project and began using that to develop a plan.

The week of Earth Day was a great opportunity for me to educate the community on recycling. I planned four days of events and offered facts and collected feedback from the members of the community about recycling and implementing a program.

So far there has not been much monetary support from Medora City Council. I, along with a few other members of the community, am working on building a recycling program with donations, sponsors and volunteers. There are many people in the community excited about this. There has also been a lot of support from neighboring communities. The city of Beach has agreed to help us with our cardboard recycling.  Having this partnership and reference has been a great help in planning this program from the ground up.

I have been pleasantly surprised at how well the community has responded to this idea. Many have been behind me this whole process and will continue to help and support me while this program takes shape.

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