The City Recycling Office today announced the winners of 2009 America Recycles Day Pledge Drive. The drive encouraged residents to fill out cards pledging to increase their recycling efforts. Nearly 1,700 pledges were received from collection boxes at Russ's Markets, Lincoln City Libraries and online. Prizes will be awarded at noon Saturday, Nov. 14 at EcoStores Nebraska, 530 West "P" Street.
The winners are:
Local schools also had the opportunity to compete in drive, and prizes were awarded to the schools that generated the most recycling pledges per student. Winners are:
I'd like to thank all of the companies that donated prizes for this cause," City Recycling Coordinator Gene Hanlon said. "America Recycles Day is just one day, but many local companies are committed to recycling all year long. This is a day to recognize them for the excellent job they do providing solid waste and recycling services in our community.
The America Recycles Day prize presentation at EcoStores Nebraska follows a morning of recycling activities Saturday, November. 14:
Traditional recycling collection (newspapers, plastics, etc.) will be provided free of charge by Journal Star Recycling from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, November 14 at Eco Stores and Techware Recycling. Midland Recycling and Recycling Enterprises also will accept traditional recyclables as part of their paper shredding services Nov. 14.
Hanlon said more local businesses are providing recycling services, but the poor economy has decreased the amount of material recycled through the City's drop-off programs. In fiscal year 2008-2009, the City collected 6,763 tons of recyclables, a nine-percent decrease from the previous year. Hanlon said factors in the decline are the reduced size of the newspaper and fewer advertising and direct mail pieces.
This is Lincoln's fifth year celebrating America Recycles Day. For more information on America Recycles Day, visit www.americarecyclesday.org. To learn more about related events in Lincoln, visit the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: ARD) or call the City Recycling Office at 441-8215.