City of Lincoln
2006 Media Releases
Support America Recycles Day, November 15
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced local efforts to promote recycling as part of America Recycles Day, Wednesday, November 15. This annual nationwide event encourages individuals, schools and businesses to recycle and buy recycled products.
“America Recycles Day is an opportunity to remind residents that we can make a difference and help the environment every day by recycling,” said Mayor Seng. “We are asking individuals to pledge to start recycling or to improve their recycling habits. By doing the right thing, we conserve resources and save valuable landfill space.”
From November 1 through November 20, area retailers and recyclers will provide cards and collection boxes for residents to make their pledges. Participating locations are:
Pledge cards will be entered into local and national drawings. In the national contest, the adult prize is an Alaskan cruise, and the youth prize is a 24-speed bicycle. This year, a grand prize is being offered locally. Schrock Innovations is donating one of its holiday special computer systems valued at $1,499. Other local youth prizes are a portable CD player (courtesy of Midland Recycling); $100 WalMart gift card; and one year of curbside recycling (courtesy of Star City Recycling). Other local adult prizes are a $100 Russ’s Market gift card; one year of curbside recycling (courtesy of Recycling Enterprises); and Nebraska Lottery scratch tickets.
On Wednesday, November 15, residents will have the opportunity to visit the Mobile Environmental Education Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pershing Center, 226 Centennial Mall South. Pledge cards will be available and free hot dogs and other refreshments will be served.
Also on November 15, the City will distribute a waste reduction and recycling guide in the Lincoln Journal Star. The guide will include information on how residents can help the environment by practicing the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. Funding for the guide and theh event at the Pershing Center are being provided by a grant from the Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Fund of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ).
Local sponsors of America Recycles Day are the City of Lincoln, Lincoln Public Schools, WasteCap Nebraska, Midland Recycling and the NDEQ.