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Keeping Our Community Clean and Green

Lindsey Lueth - “Recycling helps the environment. God gave us creation and it is our job to take care of it.”


The High School Youth in Emerson, Nebraska, have taken on a big goal, and they are well on their way to achieving it.

During the summer of 2011 they participated in a YouthWorks service project in West Virginia. When they returned, their hearts of service were empowered and ready to make a difference in their home town of Emerson. They recognized a need in their community for a recycling program. 

Over the last year they have coordinated with local churches as well as found community supporters from the Emerson Betterment Committee, the Emerson Village Board and Gill Hauling (a trash removal company from Jackson, Nebraska) to build an area in the community for recycling.

The site as already been donated and a commitment has been made from Gill Hauling to provide bins, to pick up the recycling and to pay the youth to oversee the bins on drop off hours.  They look forward to getting the foundation laid this summer with recycling to be in full swing by the fall.

The youth will be using all funds earned from their work at the recycling center to support and maintain the development of a youth community center. Here are three of the youth that are helping make this possible in Emerson and what they have to say about it.


Seth Shanks - “Our resources are limited and this is a way that we can conserve those resources.”


Emily Trenhaile - “The project will help bring our community together.”