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Keep America Beautiful Announces National Contest for Recycling T-shirt Design

T-shirts to Celebrate America Recycles Day on Nov. 15

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 25, 2012) — Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build vibrant communities, announces a national contest to design a t-shirt that celebrates annual America Recycles Day.

America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling through education and collection events. America Recycles Day is scheduled for Nov 15.

America Recycles Day is sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America, PepsiCo, Waste Management, America Chemistry Council, Anheuser-Busch, GLAD, Johnson & Johnson, Earth 911 and Owens-Illinois. For participation opportunities and more information, visit

To build momentum this year, KAB is working with to host a t-shirt design contest. The winning creative designs should inspire recycling action. Beginning today, design submissions and voting occur simultaneously through Thursday, Nov. 1.

“Recycling is something on which we can all agree and is one of the easiest things we can do 365 days a year. Join us in celebrating this year by designing and wearing our special 2012 t-shirts on America Recycles Day,” said Brenda Pulley, Keep America Beautiful senior vice president, recycling.

To participate in this year’s contest whether to vote, submit a design, or learn more, visit Public voting will determine the first winner on Thursday, Nov. 1. Two additional winners will be selected by Shirt.Woot and Keep America Beautiful on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, respectively. All three t-shirts will be available for purchase on, and all three winners will receive a prize pack from the organization’s America Recycles Day sponsors and a cash prize from Shirt.Woot.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations as well as state recycling organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community's environment. To learn more, visit

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The Great American Cleanup is the country’s largest community improvement movement that launches more than 30,000 programs with 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations convening millions of volunteers.  Volunteers participate in a variety of activities focused on waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening.

“Our mission is to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their communities,” said Matt McKenna, KAB chief executive officer and president. “We're fully committed to accelerating the positive impact of the Great American Cleanup each year. To achieve this, we must recruit new volunteers who want to contribute to building sustainable communities. I’m confident that we’ll meet our goal of recruiting and activating an army of 4 million strong this year.”

To support this call-to-action, KAB has declared the first-ever “National Day of Action” on Saturday, April 28 with activities taking place in nearly all 50 states.  Special events are planned in 10 locations, including Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, Cocoa, FL., Indianapolis, IN, Cobb County, GA, Hampton Roads, VA, Houston, TX, Shreveport, LA, Philadelphia, PA and Nashville, TN. Each of these locations will lead large-scale cleanups and other coordinated events. For details, visit

In 2011, more than 3.8 million volunteers in 16,500 communities took part in 30,600 Great American Cleanup events. Highlights included:

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Mike Rosen
Sr. VP/Marketing & Communications
Keep America Beautiful
1010 Washington Blvd.
Stamford, CT 06901
Tel: 203.659.3008

Larry Kaufman
Director of Communications
Keep America Beautiful
1010 Washington Blvd.
Stamford, CT 06901
Tel.: 203.659.3014