Materials collected in back lot of Tribune

WARREN – Encyclopedias, old children’s picture books and a dogeared copy of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” were among the discarded library that filled 51 large boxes in the Tribune Chronicle’s parking lot Wednesday afternoon.

The unwanted books will be recycled as part of the newspaper’s annual Earth Day event Tuesday and Wednesday in the Tribune Chronicle parking lot at 240 Franklin St. S.E.

“This is our fifth year and we’re pleased to be able to do this with the community – to encourage and engage the community in recycling,” said F. Len Blose, Tribune Chronicle general manager.

More than 3 tons of documents were shredded by Protect-N-Shred as part of the event, while River Valley Paper Company of Cortland handled the other paper materials.

All proceeds from the recycling will be going to the Hope Chest Foundation, the newspaper’s charitable arm that aids families in need during the holiday season.

Blose said there was a “constant flow of traffic” Tuesday, and those who donated were given a tree sapling to plant donated by the Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation District.