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(From left) Belinda Puckett, Jo Newton and Ken Newton sit amidst cardboard, aluminum cans and (behind) boxes of newspaper and sheet paper donated by citizens in an effort to save the environment and raise money to place autism assistance dogs with families in need. (Emil Whitis Photo)

BY EMIL WHITIS
Daily Press Staff Writer

There are few options in Artesia for citizens attempting to recycle paper, but Jo and Ken Newton, along with their daughter, Belinda Puckett, have provided a recycling solution which is easy, convenient and benefits not only the environment, but also autistic children, their families and impounded dogs nationwide.

The Newtons collect newspapers, cardboard, sheet paper and aluminum cans in the back of their business, Artesia Car Parts, located at 118 W. Quay Ave., transforming raw material, once slated for the landfill, into currency and from currency into the power to do good.

“We don’t like to throw stuff away — especially when it can help people in need,” said Jo.

Ken is the muscle and logistics manager of the project. His duties include sorting the paper, breaking down boxes and transporting the recyclables from the business to Puckett’s residence, and onto a horse trailer headed for J&M Recycling in Lakewood.

Ken gave credit to Jim Bly, the co-owner of J&M recycling, and the Artesia Alfalfa Growers Association for assisting the endeavor.

“Ol’ Jim treats us real good,” he said. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.