Pictured from left are President and CEO of HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Theresa Rutherford; Lake Land College President Josh Bullock; and Interim Director for the Lake Land College Kluthe Center Dustin Heuerman.
Lake Land College recently closed the free recycling bins located at the Kluthe Center in Effingham as a cost saving measure for the college. For many years, area organizations have funded recycling bins for community use, such as the bins located at Lake Land College ’s Kluthe Center. Due to shrinking budgets over the past couple of years, those recycling drop-off sites have closed one-by-one leaving Lake Land College one of very few recycling options available for the community.
In response to closing the bins, the college was approached by Effingham’s HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, which offered to financially support the recycling bins at the Kluthe Center for one year, while a longer term recycling solution could be discussed with community leaders.
“It was tremendously generous of the hospital to work with us in order to invest in its community like this,” said Bullock. “This year-long commitment will allow us to work alongside St. Anthony’s and community leaders in Effingham to develop and establish a long-term solution to offering recycling in the Effingham area.”
Maintaining the bins cost nearly $20,000 annually.