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Recycling for Charities Royal Oak organization earns statewide recycling award

America Recycles {{RFC}}Team Michigan wrapped up the 2005 America Recycles campaign by recognizing 3 Michigan organizations for their outstanding efforts to promote waste reduction and recycling. The Close the Loop Award is a new competitive, point-based program that provides monetary awards to organizations that submit documentation of their recycling promotion/education efforts that also incorporate the America Recycles campaign.

The winner of the 2005 Close the Loop Award is the Mid Michigan Waste Authority ( Saginaw ). They will be awarded $500.00 for use in further promoting their recycling and waste reduction programs. For America Recycles 2005, the Mid Michigan Waste Authority sponsored a poster design contest, received America Recycles Day Resolutions from 19 member communities and coordinated a community recycling event by partnering with the Saginaw Children's Zoo over Halloween weekend. Through these efforts nearly 1,500 paper and on-line pledges to recycle were generated.

Classic Computer Recovery (Garden City) and Recycling For Charities ( Royal Oak ) earned second and third place, respectively, and will receive an award of $250.00 each to further their promotional efforts. Recycling for Charities worked with communities across the state on wireless electronics collections.

A total of 19 organizations registered to participate in the Close the Loop Award program. The grassroots efforts of government agencies, non-profits, educational institutions and businesses included MRF tours, electronics collections, adoption of environmentally preferable purchasing policies, classroom education programs, public displays, retail partnerships, newsletter articles, workshops and outreach to places of worship.

America Recycles Team Michigan is a committee of The Michigan Recycling Coalition. The Close the Loop Award program and all other activities of America Recycles Team Michigan are solely sponsor supported. America Recycles Team Michigan sponsors for 2005 were Recycle America Alliance, Canadian Plastic Recycling, Inc., Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority, Oakland County Waste Resource Management, Mid Michigan Waste Authority, City of Lansing Waste Reduction Services, Midland Volunteers for Recycling, Classic Computer Recovery and Iris Waste Diversion Specialists.

ABOUT AMERICA RECYCLES 2005

The Michigan Recycling Coalition is the official partner of America Recycles Day, Inc. both of which are non-profit 501 (c)(3) organizations. Novelis Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Staples, Inc., American Beverage Association, Recycle America Alliance, and United States Environmental Protection Agency sponsor America Recycles Day, Inc. State sponsors are Recycle America Alliance, Canadian Plastic Recycling, Inc., Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority, Classic Computer Recovery, Mid Michigan Waste Authority, Oakland County Waste Resource Management, Midland Volunteers for Recycling, City of Lansing Waste Reduction Services , and Iris Waste Diversion Specialists.{{/RFC}}

For more information about the Michigan Recycling Coalition visit www.michiganrecycles.org .

For more information about America Recycles 2005 visit www.americareyclesday.org .

Contact: Tara Armbruster
Telephone: (248) 582-9229


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