Michael Sweedo unloads material from his truck at the Fairgrounds to be hauled away by Suburban Miners of Tucson. 

The Mountain Empire Rotary sponsored a community recycling event on Dec. 28. Spearheaded by Clare Bonelli, the Suburban Miners of Tucson came to the Sonoita Fairgrounds on a very cold, snowy morning to haul off unused electronics, scrap metal and packaging foam. 

All morning folks came with their cars and truck beds full of old stuff, including fencing, metal bed frames, appliances (large and small), computers, monitors, rusty old stuff that had been laying around their property for years. 

Given that the county is recycling a small percentage of items deposited at the Sonoita dump and in the recycle bins in Patagonia, it’s a tremendous community service to have the opportunity of getting junk hauled away by a company that not only recycles, but refurbishes items and donates the items to their “Free Store” in Tucson to be re-used. 

Many household items are available at the Free Store, 3820 E. Blacklidge Drive. The store is open on Wednesday mornings and on the first Saturday of each month. 

The Mountain Empire Rotary Club hopes to sponsor this event every six months as a community service and an effort to further beautify our landscape.