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2005 Media Releases


Date:
June 15, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Gene Hanlon, Recycling Coordinator, 441-7043
Kurt Elder, Recycling Specialist, 441-8215


Mayor To Present Awards For "Clean Your Files Week"

Mayor Coleen J. Seng will present awards for “Clean Your Files Week” at 2 p.m. TODAY in the Mayor’s Conference Room, second floor of the County-City Building 555 South 10th Street. City Recycling Coordinator Gene Hanlon said 45 offices and schools participated in the nationwide event April 18 through 22.

“I recycle at work and at home, and I encourage everyone to do so,” said Mayor Seng. “We hope that those office workers who participate in ‘Clean Your Files Week’ will develop the recycling habit and will continue to recycle year-round. Recycling office paper is good for the environment and saves valuable landfill space.”

Hanlon said this year’s participants recycled more than 53,000 pounds of paper during the week. That represents an environmental savings of 454 trees, 80 cubic yards of landfill space, two Olympic-size pool’s worth of water or the energy needed to power the County-City Government Center for a week. The recycling effort also conserved more than 10,000 gallons of oil, enough to circumnavigate the Earth about 1.5 times.

For the second year in a row, the Mayor’s Office received the top honor in office paper recycling for City offices by recycling 234 pounds of paper per employee. Three other awards were presented:

  • The Lincoln Public Schools Behavior Skills Program won in the schools category. Students there collected more than 205 pounds of paper, about three pounds per student.
  • Cornhusker Bank won in the private business category by collecting 242 pounds of paper per employee.
  • For the second year, Ameritas Life Insurance Corporation collected the largest amount of paper of any organization participating in the event, about 16,100 pounds.

Over the six years of “Clean Your Files Week,”a total of 245,000 pounds of office paper has been collected. The event is organized by Recycling at Work, a campaign of the National Office Paper Recycling Project, a public-private partnership managed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, with the help of “Clean Your Files” national sponsors. Local sponsors include the City of Lincoln, Midland Recycling, the Lincoln Public Schools and WasteCap of Nebraska.


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