6/4/2013 6:00:00 AM Kingman recyclers can think pink and go green
From left, Shawn Gabrielson, owner of Westside Disposal Services, and his fiancée, Krystal Symonds, show off the first pink recycling bin they placed at Rocky Mountain Slots, owned by Brian Demaria, pictured at right.
KINGMAN - Big pink recycling bins are popping up in front of businesses in Kingman and Golden Valley.
The containers are the brainchild of Krystal Symonds, an employee of Westside Disposal Services in Golden Valley. She said at least 25 percent of the gross proceeds from recyclable materials dumped in the bins will be donated to Kingman Regional Medical Center's "Catch It Early" program, which provides breast cancer awareness information, free and reduced-cost mammograms and support for women diagnosed with the disease.
Symonds said she believes it is important for every woman to be proactive about preventing breast cancer.
"I've had four surgeries to remove mutating cell tumors and I was very fortunate that they were caught prior to turning into cancer," said Symonds. "I had my first surgery when I was 15 years old, and my last one was in January 2012. It's scary, because I still have to go in for checkups every six months. Early detection is so important to staying alive."
The first shipment of containers, which Symonds painted herself, began showing up last week, with three going to Rocky Mountain Slots, Chipotle and JB's Restaurant in Kingman.
Symonds is the fiancée of Shawn Gabrielson, who owns the family-run business that has been operating since 1992.
Teri Williams, director of the "Catch It Early" program, said 83 uninsured and underinsured women in Mohave County received mammograms through the program last year. They are provided in a private women's wing at the KRMC Imaging Center using advanced technology called 3D mammography.
Every donation helps spread the word about catching breast cancer in the early stages, Williams said.
"I'm so excited about the donations from Westside," said Williams. "It's so good when someone local wants to help us out. We didn't really apply for funds for these screenings because there are other programs in the area, but the money is being cut to these groups and we're seeing their patient overflow now.
"This donation will go for the services these women need, and the need far exceeds the money we have now."
Other area businesses slated to receive the pink recycling bins are Kingman Auto Supply, Merton's Heavy Equipment Repair, Golden Valley Liquidators and Rex's Golden Eagle Realty. They range in size from three-, four- and eight-yard bins, and will be used by the businesses to hold their cardboard, aluminum, light-colored glass and clear plastics.
Businesses are required to pay a fee to participate in the recycling program, said Symonds, and the pink recycling containers are emptied once a week, with the materials sorted at the company located at 7107 W. U.S. 93.
Symonds said she will donate a minimum of $500 - hopefully more, depending on gross proceeds - to "Catch It Early" in October. Her goal for the first year is to donate at least $3,500 to the program.
Brian Demaria, owner of Rocky Mountain Slots, marveled at the bright pink bin as it was placed near the front of his business at 1125 W. Beale St. so motorists could easily see it.
Demaria said he expects the recycling bin to fill up quickly from the various items he routinely discards from Rocky Mountain Slots.
"It's cool and I like it," said Demaria. "I'm glad to be able to participate in this program because it helps us and others. We've been dumping our recyclables in the trash and now we can recycle them. Plus, what we're doing is for a good cause."