With a degree in environmental science, Spencer Brothersen of Davenport knows all the reasons why recycling matters.

His personal favorite? “Recycling allows us to create new things from old,” says the Central High School and University of Iowa graduate.

As an employee of Waste Commission of Scott County, which operates the Recycling Center, Spencer might recycle more than most. He’s looking forward to his new recycling cart for that reason, among others.

“Carts are easier,” he says. “It’s less work for me.”