On Friday, November 15, the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) hosted an Open House event at the ACUA Recycling Center, joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day -- the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.
More than 100 people attended the event, which featured special “behind-the-scenes” tours of the recycling center, which is operated by ReCommunity Recycling. The celebration included children’s activities, such as games, crafts and photos with Supercan, ACUA’s Recycling mascot, as well as the opportunity to view a new Compressed Natural Gas collection truck.
Students from Oakcrest High School’s Environmental Club and Absegami High School’s Earth Shepherds provided assistance with children’s activities. Atlantic County resident Jen Sapio from Egg Harbor Township was the lucky winner of a 95-gallon recycling cart at the event.
“America Recycles Day provided a great opportunity for residents of all ages to come to the ACUA Recycling Center to see the impact of their participation on Atlantic County’s recycling program. When you put your recycling buckets or carts at the curb for collection, it might not seem like a big deal, but when you visit the recycling center and see the mountain of material that is being kept out of the landfill to be reused, the importance of recycling becomes very clear,” said ACUA Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer Maria Mento. “Our recycling partner, ReCommunity, did a great job assisting us. Our American recycles Day event enabled us to offer visitors the chance to get a closer look at how single stream processing works at the facility,” Mento added.
“We are very proud supporters of ACUA’s America Recycles Day event and commend their efforts to promote recycling in Atlantic County,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president of recycling at Keep America Beautiful. “Recycling is the easiest thing we can all do to save energy, conserve natural resources and create green jobs. Currently our national recycling rate is 34.7 percent annually and collectively; through events like these, we aim to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year,” Pulley added.