WARREN ''I'll be back next year,'' was the sentiment of Cortland resident Becky Seiple after dropping off numerous encyclopedias and newspapers from the back of her van at the Tribune Chronicle's Earth Day collection on Monday.
Seiple was among many area residents who took advantage of the free recycling collection offered by the newspaper.
The collection continues from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the Tribune's parking lot on Vine Avenue.
Jimmy Sweet of Warren recycles books at the Tribune Chronicle’s special Earth Day collection on Monday. The free recycling drop off continues from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the newspaper’s parking lot.
Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple
Len Blose, general manager of the Tribune, said 19,000 pounds of items were recycled on Monday.
''The day went well and the weather was great,'' he said.
The National Weather Service in Cleveland is forecasting another day of sunshine and near 70-degree temperatures today.
Seiple said she came last year and dropped off many magazines, encyclopedias and newspapers and came back this year with more that she had at her home.
''I hope you guys have the muscles to lift all this,'' she said, opening the trunk of her van to show piles of encyclopedias and newspapers.
''No one seems to use encyclopedias like they used to. There is a whole set and all the yearly updates,'' Seiple said.
Seiple said it really helped her clean out her home.
''I tell all my friends to come down here. It's so easy to pull up and they unload everything for you. It's wonderful,'' she said.
New this year was a shredding service by Protect-N-Shred of Cortland, which allowed the public to bring in documents to shred.
''The collection was steady throughout the day, and the shredding did very well,'' said Ted Snyder, circulation manager, noting the recycling totals were already ahead of last year's collection.
He said people brought everything from encyclopedias and hard- and soft-covered books to newspaper, magazines and phone books.
Snyder said the shredding was new and may have been a draw for many people to bring items here.
Bill Burnham, president of Protect-N-Shred, said the company shredded 7,000 pounds of paper documents in six hours.
''We had huge tubs of items to be shredded. We were very busy all day. We were shredding more than a thousands pounds an hour,'' Burnham said.
He said people appreciated the service, especially the older residents who were the ones who brought old tax returns, receipts, old bills, and other items for shredding.
Burnham said it was a way of providing a service to the residential community just as the company does for the commercial community.
Snyder said while there will be no shredding at the Tribune today. Items can be brought in that will be secured in special lid container and sent to River Valley for shredding.
Sue Shafer, community events coordinator for the newspaper, said residents can feel comfortable bringing items for shredding since they will be carefully sealed before shipping in a secured container.
This is the fourth year for the recycling event. In 2012 the Tribune Chronicle recycled 904,072 pounds of newsprint and 31,406 pounds of aluminum.
For each pound of recyclable paper dropped off, River Valley Paper Co. of Akron will make a donation to the Hope Chest Foundation, which serves local residents in need.
Shafer said last year's Earth Day collection included recycling 16,942 pounds of materials. Blose said this year's goal is 20,000 pounds.
Throughout the year, the Tribune Chronicle accepts newspapers and magazines in its mini-shed in the newspaper parking lot, where people can drop off paper recyclables.