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Sandpiper Villages 192 apartments join Mantecas residential recycling program
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Justus Marlow, 4, offers up a piece of his cookie to Michael Recycle Robot Tuesday at Sandpiper Villages Going Green event. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

Nancy Marlow used to dump her recyclable items with the rest of her trash.

But no more, says the resident of Sandpiper Village.

She along with the others who call home the 192-unit apartments in East Manteca received blue recycle bins from City of Manteca on Tuesday compliments of Solid Waste Superintendent Rexie LeStrange.

“Now I can look forward to separating the trash,” Marlow said.

LeStrange was joined by Michael Recycle Robot not to mention a few employees from the Solid Waste Division in front of the Sandpiper Village for the afternoon “Going Green” gathering.

“We wanted to be out here (at the main entrance) so our residents can see it as they come home from work,” said Jasmin Cruz of RPM Property Management.

She indicated that the idea to go green came from upper management. However, Cruz and her staff from Sandpiper Village contacted the City of Manteca, thus, allowing for LeStrange – of course, she was helped out by Michael Recyclable Robot – to go over the importance as well as the benefits of recycling.

“They were very supportive,” said Cruz of the City.

Meanwhile, Marlow’s children – Justus, 4, and Hope, 7 – couldn’t wait to see the robot. “They looked forward to the visit by Michael Recycle,” she added.

Cruz noted that two large recycling containers specifically for glass or aluminum cans, containers and paper products, to name a few, will be placed alongside the main dumpsters.

“Our goal is to have a (recycling) container at every enclosed dumpster area,” she said.

New multiple family projects are required to accommodate recycling efforts. The city has been working with existing complexes to have them join communitywide recycling efforts.