DATE: October 25, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Odette Reza-Brown
Solid Waste and Recycling Services
“America Recycles Day” is celebrated nationally to encourage Americans to make a commitment to the environment by recycling and buying recycled products.
“America Recycles Day provides a great opportunity to spread the word about the importance of recycling, and how the combined efforts of individuals can result in big changes for the environment,” said Elliott Auerhahn, director, Solid Waste and Recycling Services. “We’re proud to present an array of exciting programs that promote environmental stewardship by reaching all age groups with activities designed to educate, entertain and inform.”
Broward County Solid Waste and Recycling Services and Partner Cities commemorate the importance of America Recycles Day with these events throughout November:
Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“America Recycles Day” Celebration and Used Electronics Drop-Off
Vista View Park
4001 S.W. 142 Ave., Davie
This festive event goes all-out green with dozens of booths showcasing ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change. Learn about recycling and how to start a program if your community doesn’t have one, how to "Keep Broward Beautiful" through litter prevention programs, and how to garden with native plants. Highlights include a tree giveaway, fuel-efficient car show, pet adoptions, Salvation Army clothing drive, and games and prizes for kids including a bounce house, face painting and craft-making with recyclables. Electronics drop-off includes free admission and a chance to win a refurbished laptop computer.
Tuesday, November 15
Government Center West
1 N. University Drive, Plantation
· “I Recycle," America Recycles Day Event, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
· Drive-Through Electronics Drop-Off, west parking lot, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
The “I Recycle” event brings together staff representing a variety of Broward County agencies, such as Keep Broward Beautiful, Broward County Transit, Parks and Recreation, NatureScape Broward and Solid Waste and Recycling. The event provides a great opportunity to find out how you can get involved with County environmental initiatives, and take the Pledge to Recycle.
Electronics Recycling Drop-Off Events
Two free electronic recycling events will be held:
• Saturday, November 12, at Vista View Park
(Participants must show acceptable items for recycling to gain free entry, and while supplies last, get a free T-shirt, one per car.)
• Tuesday, November 15, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Government Center West, 1 N. University Drive, Plantation.
Items accepted are televisions, computers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, mice, printers, fax machines, video cassette recorders and digital video disc players. Do not bring batteries, stereos, microwaves, small appliances or business-generated waste (cell phones will be accepted at the Government Center West event only). Proof of Broward County residency is required, such as current driver's license or utility bill.
Keep Broward Beautiful
Keep Broward Beautiful has a busy November planned with a Beach Sweep on Saturday, November 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; ongoing Adopt-A-Street group cleanups; and a registration drive for the newly introduced “Recycle-Bowl.” The “Recycle-Bowl” is the first comprehensive nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high-school students and encourages participating schools to track and report how much recyclable material they collect. For additional information or to register to participate in any of the activities, call 954-474-1835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, November 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Young At Art Museum, 11584 W. State Road 84, Davie
On Saturday, November 19, Young At Art hosts “Recycle Mania,” a day filled with games and activities that incorporate recycled materials. Bring a bag of recyclable items and get $2 off admission on the day of the event only.
Additionally, the top five winners of the popular “Design a Greener Future” Recycling Bin Decorating Contest,” held this year in partnership with Young At Art Museum for all Broward County elementary school students, will be on display at Young At Art Museum in Davie from November 17 to 30.
For additional information about the America Recycles Day Celebration, call 954-765-4999 or view the complete list of events at broward.org/WasteAndRecycling.
Partner Cities are Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, Lazy Lake, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Pembroke Park, Plantation, Sea Ranch Lakes, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, Unincorporated Broward County, Weston, West Park and Wilton Manors.