Recyclers trade stash for cash

13th National Recycle Day marked Monday
By: Ben Furtado, Journal photo editor
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Monday marked National Recycle Day. More than just a day to recycle, since 1997 National Recycle Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. While most people may not wait for National Recycle Day to turn in aluminum and glass for cash, Nevada County resident Jim Stover, an unemployed plumber, recycles what he can muster up to get quick cash. “I’ve been a professional plumber for 25 years, and I’m out of work right now,” Stover said Monday. “I heard on the news it was National Recycle Day and it reminded me to come to Auburn and try to get some money. It’s been real rough.” People in need like Stover find ways to put money in their pocket through recycling, while others like Auburn resident Billie Moore, 81, use the money from recycling to help families, single moms and seniors through her non-profit organization, Billie Moore Ministries. The organization is affiliated with Grace Christian Fellowship in Auburn. “I’ve been doing this for seven years and put the money from recycling in a checking account and try to give what I can,” Moore said. According to, Americans annually use more than 80 billion aluminum soda cans, 85 million tons of paper and 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.