Bikes for the World Donates 100,000th Bike on America Recycles Day

In honor of America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), Arlington-based nonprofit Bikes for the World donated its 100,000th bike for reuse on Saturday, Nov. 15, at a ceremonial loading of the bike into a shipping container headed to a community in Costa Rica. Representatives from KAB, the U.S. EPA and Fundación Integral Campesina (FINCA Costa Rica), joined Bikes for the World staff and volunteers at the event in Arlington.

“America Recycles Day is about reducing, reusing and recycling,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, KAB. “This is one of the best examples of reuse, because this bike is getting a second life.”

“It really is a perfect example of taking what would be wasted and giving it value through reuse, while at the same time improving people’s lives,” said Charlotte Mooney, associate director resource conservation and sustainability division, U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, about the project.

The shipment of the donated bike will reach Bikes of the World partner FINCA Costa Rica on Dec. 10. The rural micro-business program will distribute the more than 500 bikes in this shipment to five community-based organizations that recondition and sell them locally,

“This project helps [recipients] have clean and cheap transportation and also allows them to raise money for their community funds that they use to give micro-loans to their members,” said Luis Jimenez, executive director, FINCA Costa Rica.

The partnership, which includes Bikes for the World’s other partnerships in Africa and Asia, improves rural communities not only by providing transportation and micro-loans, but also by creating jobs for those who refurbish the recycled bikes. Thus far, Bikes for the World has donated 20,000 bikes to FINCA Costa Rica alone.

“We’re putting these bikes where they have the most value. I think that’s a particular strength of this program,” said Keith Oberg, Bikes for the World executive director and board member. “We’ll certainly donate 100,000 more.”

(Pictured from left to right): Luis Jimenez, executive director, Fundación Integral Campesina (FINCA Costa Rica); Charlotte Mooney, associate director resource conservation and sustainability division, U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery; Brenda Pulley, senior vice president/recycling, Keep America Beautiful; Keith Oberg, executive director, Bikes for the World, at Bikes for the World headquarters in Arlington, Va., on America Recycles Day.

Recycling Throughout Your Home on America Recycles Day 2014

America Recycles Day is November 15, a time to celebrate recycling and set new standards for your recycling habits for the rest of the year. With the national recycling rate of 34.5%, there is still so much work to be done to recycle more, to recycle right and to convert friends and family into recyclers.

A great way to step up your recycling game is to think about the recyclables throughout your entire home. Too often, Americans keep their recycling confined to the kitchen, but did you know there is so much more to recycle than just in the kitchen? Think about your workspace, for example, and how you could be recycling all of that paper you use. For every ton of paper recovered for recycling, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space are saved! And how about your electronics? Electronics contain valuable precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, palladium, copper, tin and zinc and can be recycled into jewelry, new electronics and more.

This year, America Recycles Day falls on a Saturday, so we challenge you to think outside of the kitchen and take some time to set up your entire house for recycling success:

  • Explore other items in your home that can be recycled in the infographic below.
  • Place recycling bins in different rooms of your home to make recycling easier.
  • Talk with your family or roommates about your new plan.
  • Solidify your commitment by pledging to keep it up all year long at http://www.americarecyclesday.org/.

The average American generates 4.4 pounds of trash per day, just think of all the potential of that trash! Do your part in caring for our environment and recycle. Let’s keep our planet beautiful for generations to come.

America Recycles Day 2014 is made possible by national sponsorship support from these leading companies: Amcor, American Chemistry Council, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Pilot Corporation of America (Pilot Pen) and Waste Management.

Keep Akron Beautiful, Akron, OH

On Saturday Sept. 27, as 15,000 runners were running through the streets of Akron — and even more spectators were lining the streets watching — Keep Akron Beautiful was assisting the Akron Marathon with its recycling efforts!

Early in the morning, a crew of 15 made sure that the trash cans only had trash in them, and that the recycling bins were highly utilized. This group was sorting everything that people were throwing in the trash, pulling out water bottles, cans, and making sure the clothing was donated, not thrown away! Only 10 bags of trash were collected at the start line, and two large blue recycling totes were FULL of recyclables.

On the concourse and at the finish line of the race, our Green Team was collecting heat sheets and grocery bags, chip bags to be recycled, PowerBar wrappers to be recycled, bottles and cans, and banana peels to be composted.

The Akron Marathon, Keep Akron Beautiful and ReWorks rallied together to make recycling and composting a breeze for all runners involved in the festivities.

Thanks to a grant from Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation, this is the second year we were able to utilize the 25 recycling bins designed specifically for placement at the race. These bins were placed on the concourse of Canal Park on Sept. 27.

A special thanks goes out to the “Green Team,” who worked together to make sure the recyclables and trash were in their proper places. From the start line to the finish line and everywhere in between, the volunteers did an amazing job! Congratulations Akron (AND ALL RUNNERS!) on another successful Akron Marathon!

The results? Twenty-five full bags of heat sheets were taken to the Blankets to Boards program; 3.41 tons of recyclables; and 630 lbs of clothing were donated to the Salvation Army. We are still waiting on numbers for our composting. It was a very successful recycling day at the Akron Marathon. We are proud to work with such great partners to make this happen in Akron!

Detroit Public Schools Participate in Recycle-Bowl

This past fall, 42 schools in Detroit Public Schools participated in the national Recycle-Bowl Competition. Recycle-Bowl is a national competition put on by Keep America Beautiful that encourages schools to record the most recycling per person. Students had to collect recyclable materials and weigh them over the course of four weeks to try and see which school recycled more. While none of Detroit’s 42 participating schools didn’t win the national competition, they are winners to our city!

Green Living Science and the DPS Go Green Challenge, with the help of AmeriCorps Green School Coordinators, worked together to make sure the Recycle-Bowl challenge was a success and are excited to announce the top participants. These include first-place winner Emerson Elementary-Middle School, recycling 8.26 lbs/person; second place, Roberto Clemente Academy, recycling 4.87 lbs/person; and our third-place winner, Carstens Academy, recycling 4.80 lbs/person. These schools recycled a total of 13,494 pounds combined over four weeks. Overall, DPS recycled 37,791 pounds over the four-week competition!

For more information visit www.GreenLivingScience.org or visit www.DPSGoGreen.WordPress.com.

Keep Blount Beautiful, Maryville, TN

Keep Blount Beautiful (KBB) is proud to announce the 3rd annual Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Palace Theater in downtown Maryville. This is a one of a kind event in East Tennessee!

KBB is currently accepting fashion show applicants. The entry fee is $50 and the deadline is Oct. 11, 2014. Applicants may seek sponsors or work in teams if preferred. The Best in Show prize is $500; the second-place winner receives $100; and $50 is the third place award. Honorable Mention will be awarded to the designer or team of designers as chosen by a vote of audience favorite through “voting with bucks.” The outfit with the most bucks wins a KBB framed artwork. There will also be a special prize this year to recognize K-12 students.

Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show’s mission is to engage the community to create fashion out of trash to entertain, educate and inspire others to rethink, reuse and recycle. The show seeks to present our society’s trash in the form of a fashion show, and through this artful expression, we hope to change the way our community sees the world of trash and waste. Material used in the construction of garments must be post-consumer, post-industrial, or post-agricultural waste. Trash destined for the landfill or recyclable items.

Designers may use materials for construction such as glue, tape, dyes, marker, staples, thread, zippers, elastic, wire, Velcro boning, buckram, grommets, laces, starch, paint, etc. Recycled content fabric may only be used as a lining that doesn’t show. The percentage of new material should not exceed 10% of total garment weight. Underwear that does not show is acceptable under the garment. Shoes and accessories are acceptable; however shoes and accessories made from trash materials are preferred.

Each garment should have a title, byline, and a short description about the design that makes a statement. Social commentary, source of inspiration, and use of humor can be helpful in the telling of your story. Please include a mention of the trash materials used. This is a great way to promote the sponsor or business/organization presenting the garment.

For guidelines, entry form and waiver visit the Keep Blount Beautiful website or call 865-681-4809.

Keep Blount Beautiful is an award winning 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization located in the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Its mission is to improve our community by encouraging litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification.

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, Covington, GA

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) works with the Newton County Landfill staff and many volunteers to educate our community about recycling. Newton County, GA has 11 Neighborhood Recycling Centers strategically located for residents’ convenience. At these Centers, residents can dispose of their trash at no charge and can also recycle glass, aluminum cans, plastic, steel or tin cans, newspapers, corrugated cardboard, “other” paper products–paperboard, magazines, junk mail, etc., used motor oil and filters, yard waste, scrap metals and appliances, and tires.

On the first Saturday of each month, residents can take electronics, paints and pesticides, and used cooking oil to the Newton County Landfill to be recycled. During Saturday collections, they can also take clothes and bicycles, which are donated to the Salvation Army. One educational program that KCNB offers is a puppet show, performed in local public elementary schools.

Keep Bartow Beautiful, Cartersville, GA

Euharlee Elementary, Euharlee, Georgia, wins 2014 Grand Prize in the Keep Bartow Beautiful School Recycling Contest: Wildlife Wonders school-wide presentation.

The school won in the elementary division, with 622 students K-5 recycling 76,640 pounds of materials that would have otherwise been landfilled. These students recycled 123.2 pounds per student to win the coveted prize.

This past school year, 26 schools, public and private, 18,479 students total, were awarded $4600 in prizes for voluntarily recycling 470,810 pounds, or 235.4 tons, in just one school year. Since the contest started in 2005, over 2.25 million pounds of mixed paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and cardboard boxes have been successfully recycled into new products. Winner of the Middle-High School Division was Cass Middle School, also the 2013 state champion of Georgia’s Recycle-Bowl competition.

Thanks to great partnerships with the school systems, local government, and industires such as Anheuser-Busch, the program is a huge success story for the entire community. This year’s contest will kick off when school begins in August.

The photo shows the student council of Euharlee Elementary, leaders in their school’s recycling efforts, collecting recycling from each classroom and around the school weekly. Wildlife Wonders staff join with the students to hold an anaconda from South America. Students learn about how their recycling efforts help to preserve wildlife habitats, such as trees.

Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful, Athens, AL

Recycling PET is an important part of our recycling initiative, especially since we have Custom Polymers PET right here in Athens, Alabama! Custom Polymers PET is the 4th largest plastic recycling company in North America and creates pellets from recycled bottles and containers that are used by manufacturers to make new products.

Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful works hard to bring recycling education to our 22 city, county, and private schools. We also provide the necessary support to encourage staff and students to act on what they learn.

To encourage recycling within our schools, we provide schools with free recycling service. Rolling carts and classroom recycling bins are provided to each school. As incentive, each month we present the city and county school recycling the most pounds per student with the Top Dog Award, which is a travelling stuffed bull dog. It is amazing how hard the schools fight for that award! We also host a PET Recycling Contest, which is sponsored by Custom Polymers PET. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three schools that recycle the most PET per student at the end of the school year.

KALB’s efforts in our schools was also supported by a very generous business owner who distributed coupons for a free ice cream cone and a slice of pizza to every student attending schools that met their recycling goals for the year. The students were thrilled!

KALB reinforces these contests and incentives with presentations and programs in classroom or assembly settings.

Recycling in our community is strongly supported by our city and county leaders and city and county school superintendents. KALB continues to be proactive in the schools because we know what becomes a habit at school very often filters through to the home setting.

Our recycling center also works closely with city and county governments in our efforts to provide community recycling centers strategically placed throughout the area. We also provide free recycling services to area businesses.

Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful is very proud of the impact we make in many areas of our community, but particularly recycling. We are grateful to our community leaders who recognize and support our efforts.