This year, to help celebrate America Recycles Day (ARD), Keep America Beautiful invited people to give their garbage another life and pledge to recycle more by taking the “I Recycle” pledge online via the ARD website or QR Code. More than 8,000 people accepted that invitation and shared what they plan on doing to recycle more in 2013 and beyond.
To help educate people about how recycled materials can be transformed into exciting and useful things, all pledges taken online from Jan. 1, through Nov. 30, 2013, were entered into a drawing for one of 10 park benches made from recycled plastic, courtesy of Plastic Recyclers of Iowa Falls! These recycled content park benches are a great example that material can become something new and valuable when it is recycled.
One of the recipients, Bill Roscoe, a teacher from Avenue Elementary School in Illinois, plans to use his new four-foot park bench as the centerpiece in his school’s new garden. The bench will serve as a reminder for the students about the impact recycling can have on their community – and the world. Another winner, David Watson, decided to donate his park bench to his local KAB affiliate, Keep Pearland (Texas) Beautiful.
Additional winners include:
- Hanover Park Regional High School in New Jersey
- Metairie Park Country Day School in Louisiana
- Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia
- John Vinson from Van Buren, Ark.
- Radford University in Virginia
- Teresa Rouse from North Carolina
- Phyllis Weiss from Georgia
- Prince William County Government
Congratulations to all our 2013 ARD Pledge Drive winners. Don’t forget to come back and take the “I Recycle” pledge in 2014!