Committee looks for volunteer to serve term

The Andover Recycling Committee is seeking a volunteer to serve a three-year term. The seven-member committee advises the town on all matters pertaining to recycling and each spring sponsors Zero Waste Day, an event that has grown over the years and last year attracted 485 participants. According to committee chairman Keith Saxon, the panel is seeking a board member who can help with planning and outreach efforts for the 10th annual Zero Waste Day, which is slated for May 3, 2014. In addition to organizing Zero Waste Day, the Recycling Committee also encourages residents to participate in recycling programs throughout the year. For example, members of the committee were instrumental in getting the word out about the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s recent community recycling event, held Oct. 5 at Brickstone Square . The committee sent e-mails to area newspapers, civic groups, condominium associations, and houses of worship. In all, 704 vehicles from across the Merrimack Valley dropped off more than 100,000 pounds of material, including television sets, air conditioners, and old appliances, Saxon said. He noted that the MBTA’s Andover event shattered the previous record of 50,000 pounds, which was collected at an earlier MBTA-sponsored event in Salem. Anyone interested in learning more about serving on the town recycling committee is asked to contact Saxon at or Town Manager Reginald “Buzz” Stapczynski at