Low price for cardboard does not warrant staying open  

  LYNDEN ­— For decades, Lynden Christian Schools has found a way to recycle paper, cardboard and metal, with volunteer labor, to yield a financial benefit for the schools. No longer.

  The K-12 system has decided to close down the Lynden Christian Recycling Center for good. Dec. 1, 2020, will be the last day people can drop off items, reported center manager Alanna Wagenaar in an email.

  “Recycling has been a great fundraiser for the school for many years,” she said. “However, with the dramatic drop in cardboard recycling prices and the effects of the COVID shutdowns, it is no longer a viable or sustainable fundraiser.”

  Paper has not been taken by the school since mid-2018.

  Already at the start of 2020, LC was asking businesses for a donation for the cardboard pick-up. The truck that used to go out to locations has not done so since March, about as coronavirus impacts shut down so much of the economy, Wagenaar said.

  Notice of the shutdown has been sent out to all contributors of cardboard, along with “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support over the past decades!”

  A crew of retired men provided the manpower for the pick-up operation as well as for the compacting of cardboard using a machine provided by Northwest Recycling Inc. of Bellingham, where cardboard goes. Anyone could drop cardboard off in-person at the popular Drayton Street site, now on Tuesdays and Fridays only.

  Although it’s sad to do this closure, the school is open to what direction may be next for the Recycling Center, Wagenaar said. 

  And she encourages everyone to keep up recycling of items that can be recycled, usually at curbside with garbage disposal companies Nooksack Valley Disposal and SSC in north Whatcom County.

  Recycled cardboard fell to $25 per ton already in May 2019, according to recyclers’ Berg Mill Supply Co. It had typically sold for $100 per ton.