Moline Businesses & Resident To Receive Recycling Hometown Heroes Award

November 10, 2011

Two local businesses and a resident will be recognized as “Recycling Hometown Heroes” by the City of Moline and the Keep Moline Beautiful Commission at the November 15th Committee-of-the-Whole meeting. The recognition will take place at 6:30 pm in the City Council Chambers, 2nd floor, 619 – 16th Street.

Mayor Don Welvaert will present Kailyn Green for the individual award for her outstanding efforts in recycling, specifically at the Aldridge Early Learning Center where she has taught the children to recycle and gotten her co-workers to recycle. Kailyn recycles so much at home that she fills the City-provided recycling cart within a week. Because the recycling carts are picked up bi-weekly, she has an additional container that she fills and brings to the City’s Recycling Center every other week.

In the business/organization category, the award is also being presented to the Black Hawk Area Education Center for their outstanding efforts in recycling. The students and staff at BlackHawk Area Education Center are always looking for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials throughout the building and several buildings with which they have a partnership. Students collect paper, newspaper, bottles and cans from the school building to sort and recycle. They have also partnered with some area businesses and other schools in the district that save cans for them to sort and recycle. Students work in a can recycling station where they wash, rinse, sort, and crush cans and bottles. They then deliver them to the appropriate area. Students also sort and bundle newspaper to be delivered and reused by area businesses. Students collect regular paper to be recycled or shredded. The shredded paper is delivered to some area businesses to be reused for packaging purposes.

In the business/organization category, the award is also being presented to the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities for their outstanding efforts in recycling. As the need for their services grew, so too did the need for financial assistance. To address that need, the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities developed the “Cans for Children” program in March of 2009. “Cans for Children” is the organized collection of deposit and non-deposit beverage containers. They have a donated sorting center that is manned by volunteers. The recyclables are cleaned and sorted by the volunteers and then taken to the appropriate recycling facilities. As of their start date in March of 2009, the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities has generated a total net revenue of $53,000 with this program.

The Recycling Hometown Heroes award is being presented in honor of national America Recycles Day, which is Tuesday, November 15th. The award is presented annually by the Keep Moline Beautiful Commission.

For more information on America Recycles Day, visit www.kab.org and click on “America Recycles Day”. For more information on recycling in Moline, visit the City’s website at www.moline.il.us.