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Media ID: 13-035

Contact: Bonnie Ayers 240-777-6507

County Announces Events for 2013 "Recycling Awareness Week" 

May 20 - 24, 2013


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
May 20, 21, 23 and 24 (various times and locations)

The “Magic of Recycling” show, an interactive educational program on recycling and saving natural resources, will be presented to students in a number of private schools located in the County. Each school selected was identified by Division of Solid Waste Services (DSWS) staff for their outstanding recycling efforts. The program will motivate and educate students and school employees to participate in the County’s recycling program at school and at home.

Note: For specific school locations and times, call Alan Pultyniewicz at 240-777-6480.

Wednesday, May 22 – 10 a.m. – Noon
The Federal Environmental Executive to present Keynote Address
Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring
(Grand Hall)  

County Executive Ike Leggett will present remarks. Jonathan Powers, Federal Environmental Executive, will give the keynote address. Appointed to his position by President Obama, Powers is responsible for promoting environmental and energy sustainability across federal government operations. DSWS will recognize 50 businesses, organizations and employees, 21 multi-family properties, property managers and staff, and residents in the following categories: excellence in recycling for businesses and multi-family properties which recycled more than 70 percent of their waste generated in 2012, and outstanding achievement for those businesses, employees, property owners/managers, and multi-family properties, staff and residents for their contributions to successful recycling, waste reduction, buying recycled and educational efforts. In addition, five DSWS recycling volunteers will be recognized for contributing their time and talents to increase overall recycling awareness in the County.

Thursday, May 23 -- 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Executive Office Building (EOB) Cafeteria, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville  

DSWS will recognize the contributions of its dedicated recycling program volunteers who are vital to the Division’s efforts to increase awareness of recycling, waste reduction, reuse, buying recycled products, grasscycling and backyard composting to others in their community to reach the 70 percent recycling goal. Volunteers who contributed more than 20 hours of service during the fiscal year to date will receive special recognition.

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