By John Speer
"I'd been throwing the idea around for about a year. It basically came about when I drove through towns like Belle Plaine and Grinnell and thought:""Why Doesn't Tama-Toledo have curbside recycling?"" said Eric Haughey.
Plans New Curbside Recycling Business
"That was my red flag - when I saw it on the front page of the paper - to get going and do something about it. It was the beginning of March, when I saw the News-Herald article about the (recycling) bins, I decided to execute it," Haughey said. He was referring to a report about ongoing problems with recycling bins located near the Tama Civic Center where trash is sometimes dumped.
As a result, Razz Recycling has been born. Plans are to serve the Tama-Toledo areas initially and to build up the service in stages, Haughey said. "On a larger scale, I'd like to get all of Tama county on board with this," he said.
Haughey said his research shows more than 600 Iowa communities have a curbside recycling plan in place.
Curbside recycling for the area
Opening in June
"It's less a fad and more of a requirement," Haughey said.
The Razz Plan
"It's easier to pick up in one container and sort at the shop," Haughey said. As a result, residents signing up for the service will only use one container.
Acceptable products will be paper, plastic, metals and glass.
Haughey has secured the building at 1408 East 5th Street adjacent to the Tama County Humane Society Shelter as a headquarters.
He credits his good friend, Nate Babinat, with helping him organize the business "from day one." As the business grows, he hopes to be able to hire employees to create jobs for the area.
Current plans are to begin operations on Saturday, June 8, with biweekly (once every other week) pick up thereafter.
A special pre-start up price of $40 for annual service is being offered before June 1. He said Razz will furnish a container at an additional charge of $8 a year.
More information about the service and costs is available at the website - www.razzrecycling.com or by calling 641-485-4190.
Eric Haughey is a native of Tama and a 2006 graduate of South Tama High School. He received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Maintenance Technology from Iowa Valley in 2011.
He is an electrician at Caraustar - Tama Paperboard.
Haughey is a Tama firefighter and serves as Fire Department secretary.
He and his wife, Katie, have a son, Kinnick.