NEW WINDSOR — Bundles of newspapers and huge plastic bags filled with aluminum cans or bottles lined the town's sidewalks Saturday.
The trash haulerwasn't making an extra run.
Several boys from Scout Troop 391 were doing the collecting, walking up and down the streets, as the hot July sun beat down on them.
The Scouts were starting the town's first curbside recycling project, doing a double good deed for their neighbors and the environment.
Calling it a "great idea," Mayor James C. Carlisle and the Town Council gave the troop the go-ahead in June and the boys went to work.
They circulated fliers telling residents what they could accept and scheduled a regular pickup on the third Saturday of the month.
The boys started the project with the idea of helping many of the town's senior citizens transport items to the recycling bin on Gehr Lane,said Sue Shaffer, assistant troop leader.
"We wanted to give theman incentive to recycle," she said. "We found out everyone in town was interested."
Margaret A. Harchenhorn joined in the first effort, helping her sons Billy and John pile items into the family station wagon.
"Town support ran about 75 percent," she said. "Everybody had the stuff out on the sidewalks by 9 a.m., just like we asked."
The boys easily dispensed with the plastics and glass. Those items went from the wagon and Shaffer's El Camino half-truck to the town bin in virtually no time, she added.
"Things were heavy and it was a really hot day," said Billy, who at 8 years old is still a Cub Scout. "I wanted to join in. I did it to save the Earth because I think it'sin real danger."
His 11-year-old brother, John, also said his "hard, hot work," compounded by a bad case of poison ivy, was worthwhile.
"We tore Mom's car up a little, but she didn't mind," he said. "A lot of people put stuff out for us, and I plan to help every month."
The Scouts saved aluminum products for a later trip to the county's recycling center on Route 97. Any money received in exchange willbe used for troop projects.
Disposing of newspapers required a little creative thinking for the resourceful Scouts. Fearing fire, the town doesn't accept papers at the bin.
The boys found a dairy farmer in the area who was willing to use the papers for bedding.
Transporting the many bundles to the Clear Ridge Road farm nearly drove their mothers around the bend, though, and required seven trips. The farmer promised the group the use of his large grain truck next month.
"I watched them, and I have to say the boys did a good job," saidCouncilman D. Kenneth Grimes. "This project will work."