Rita Lacey of Kunkletown is trying to make more Americans understand and learn the importance of recycling, and be open to supporting companies that sell recycled products. That's why she began her own business called Close the Loop, a PA Benefit Corporation.

After 13 years in Kunkletown, Close the Loop now opened a new more- central location on Route 209 and Fairgrounds Road in Gilbert next to the American Legion.

They have partnered with Paolini Cast Stone, a third generation family business from Easton at this location, that manufactures molds, concrete statues and soon to offer concrete signs with embedded glass lettering. Their motto is: "If you can draw it, we can build it!".

A soft opening is scheduled for Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. with a grand opening on Saturday, July 13.

Lacy believes the three things people need to do to close the loop are:

Ÿ Recycle our waste.

Ÿ Make something new out of it.

Ÿ Buy recycled.

Lacey says recycling is only successful if the population buys new products made out of recycled material.

To that end, Lacey's family-owned business specializes in beautifying outdoor living spaces with recycled products, some made locally like their recycled plastic post and rail fencing, made to look like real wood, manufactured in Saylorsburg at Waste Not Technologies, LLC from recycled milk jugs.

They also offer blue glass mulch and many other vibrant colors of tumbled landscaping glass, along with recycled rubber pavers, rubber mulch and landscape timbers and curbs made from waste tires.

Refreshments will be served both days, plus there will be door prizes. More information is available at www.closetheloop.com.

Hours are Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or by appointment Monday-Friday, anytime by calling 570.629.8414.

Visit Close the Loop Company online or "like" them on Facebook.