City of Graham Convenience Station Manager Joel Williams took a deep breath after a hard day of work Monday.

He had just finished assisting his last customer of the day with a load of trash just after a previous long line of cars almost wore him out. Roll off containers were filled to the brim with debris, and the recycling compactor was filled about halfway with cardboard.

Increasing amounts of recyclable products have been collected at schools, and disposed of at the recycle trailer at City of Graham's Water Maintenance Building on the Loving Highway and at the convenience station. Even though the recycling program kicked off a year-and-a-half ago, its popularity recently picked back up over the last three months. Thanks to Keep Graham Beautiful's Fall Trash-Off Kick-Off event last weekend, more recyclable goods were deposited.

“Over the weekend, the trailer that we keep on Loving Highway, that thing was running over the top — it was completely full,” Williams said. “It's usually full, anyway, by Monday morning, but it was more than usual.”

Graham High School students even took a trailer full of recycling carts to the homecoming game Friday night, which could become a tradition for home games.

Read the entire story in this Wednesday's edition of the Graham Leader.