Egg Harbor Twp, NJ – On Friday, November 14, the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) will host 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.
The Open House at ACUA will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and will feature special “behind the scenes” tours of the Recycling Center, which is operated by ReCommunity Recycling. The Open House will include a lot of great children’s activities, including a Compressed Natural Gas collection truck for kids to check out, along with games, crafts, and photos with Supercan, ACUA’s Recycling mascot. Atlantic County guests will also have a chance to win a 95 gallon recycling cart at the Open House event.
“America Recycles Day is a great opportunity for residents of all ages to come to the ACUA Recycling Center to see the impact of their participation in 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 this mountain of material that is being kept out of the landfill to be reused, the importance of recycling becomes very clear,” said Rick Dovey, ACUA President. “We are excited that our recycling partner, ReCommunity, will be assisting and will enable us to offer visitors the chance to get a closer look at how single stream processing works at the facility,” Dovey added.
“ReCommunity exists to help our community partners extract value from their own resources,” said James Devlin, ReCommunity’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our partnership with ACUA is a great example of a forward-thinking community working collaboratively to promote recycling, create local jobs, and advance recycling education.”
“We are very proud supporters of ACUA’s America Recycles Day event and commend their efforts to promote recycling in Atlantic County. 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,” said Brenda Pulley, Senior Vice President of Recycling at Keep America Beautiful.
For more information about recycling in Atlantic County visit www.recycleatlanticcounty.org or call 609-272-6950.
About America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, and is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on November 15 to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action. Learn more at AmericaRecyclesDay.org and ww.acua.com/ard.
About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a strong national network of 1,200 affiliates and partners including state recycling organizations, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers programs and engages in public-private partnerships that help create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling while educating generations of environmental stewards. Through our actions, we help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. For more information, visit kab.org.
About Atlantic County Utilities Authority
The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) provides wastewater and solid waste management for residents of Atlantic County, New Jersey. ACUA’s solid waste facilities are located within its Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Twp, NJ, and include a landfill, single stream processing facility, transfer station, compost facility, state-of-the-art vehicle wash facility and CNG fueling station. The facility is also host to a 5.4 MW landfill gas to energy project, which provides 100 percent of the electricity needed to power its solid waste facilities. ACUA operates a 40 million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility in Atlantic City, NJ, which is home to both a 500 kW solar array and 7.5 MW wind farm. Renewable energy generated onsite provides 60 percent of the electricity needed to power the wastewater treatment facility.
About ReCommunity Recycling
ReCommunity, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is a leading recycling and recovery company that is focused on dramatically reducing the volume of landfilled waste. The company aims to lead a Recovery RevolutionTM by repositioning waste as a strategic community resource instead of a growing liability. With 35 facilities in 14 states, ReCommunity enables community partners to create additional revenue, create new jobs, and create a better future. For more information, visit www.ReCommunity.com.