By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Hall wants to make recycling her world
Richmond Hill resident Carrie Hall sits with some containers full of recyclable materials she has picked up over the last week. Hall has started a home pick-up recycling business and hopes to raise awareness of the importance of recycling. - photo by Luke Hearn

Carrie Hall didn’t like the idea of just throwing everything away. She grew so accustomed to a company picking up her recyclable materials for her that when she moved to Richmond Hill and that resource wasn’t available, she decided to start her own recycling business.

That’s how Recycle Your World was born.

"Right now it’s just me and my husband’s truck," Hall said. "I’ve gotten a pretty good start so far."

Hall said when she realized Richmond Hill didn’t have a curb side recycling business she called one in Savannah to see if they picked up recyclables in the area and they told her they didn’t. But the offered to help her start her own, and she decided to take on the new venture.

For an initial feel of $20 for four large plastic containers and a $15 monthly charge, Hall picks up peoples’ recyclable waste twice a month and takes it to a recycling center in Savannah. She collects items ranging from paper and cardboard to glass and tin.

"This cuts the trash in half and it does something for the environment," she said. "With (global warming) being so much in the media right now, people are getting concerned."

Hall said getting in the habit of recycling is a lot easier than people think. She said it starts out a little at a time and grows into a habit.

"It really doesn’t take as much time as you would think," Hall said. "We have the opportunity here to become green. It wouldn’t take much for Richmond Hill to be a green community and anything that would get the community going in that direction would be a good thing."

Right now Hall works alone, collecting from her nearly 20 customers every other Wednesday. She said the business is small enough to work out the kinks but said she wouldn’t be opposed. She just wants to help make people aware of the environmental benefits of recycling.

"It’s not about making a million bucks," she said. "It’s about doing something you’re passionate about.

"This allows me to teach my child. If we don’t do something and just throw all this stuff in the landfill or burn it, then our children will have to pay for it. I don’t care if (this business) gets huge, but I would like to educate people."

Hall said if the business continues to grow she may have others help her and may possibly open her own recycling center, but right now she’s content doing her part.

"I’m just trying to do what I can for right now," she said. "If the opportunity comes up so that I can do my own center then that’s what I’ll do. I just want to educate people."



Sign up for our E-Newsletters