Keep America Beautiful Awards Recycled Content Benches

Select individuals that pledged to increase recycling in honor of America Recycles Day receive park benches

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 21, 2015) — In celebration of America Recycles Day (ARD), Keep America Beautiful (KAB) invited people to give their garbage another life and pledge to recycle more by taking the“I Recycle” pledge online. 

All ARD pledge-takers who pledged online from Jan. 1, 2014 through Nov. 30, 2014, were entered into a random drawing to receive a park bench made from recycled plastic, courtesy of Plastic Recycling of Iowa Falls Inc. and KAB. These recycled content park benches are a great example that material can be transformed into something new and valuable when recycled. 

I Want To Be Recycled” was the theme of Keep America Beautiful’s 2014 ARD, which takes place annually on and around Nov. 15. America Recycles Day educates people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers.

More than 2 million people participated in over 1,000 ARD events throughout the country. Chosen to receive park benches from among the more than 11,000 people who pledged to recycle more were:

  • Claire Hadlock, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Dorothee Kinney, Manchester, N.H.
  • Kelli Lake, Dry Ridge, Ky.

“Keep America Beautiful’s America Recycles Day pledge provides individuals with the opportunity to make a public commitment to recycle more.  We are recognizing a select few of these pledge-takers with a plastic recycled-content park bench as a thank you for their commitment, but also as a tangible reminder of how our recyclables can be transformed into useful and lasting new products,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president/recycling, KAB. “I thank everyone that took the pledge and congratulate all of our winners for recycling and giving their garbage another life.”

America’s leading companies are proud to make America Recycles Day possible. National sponsors of the 2014 America Recycles Day were: Amcor, American Chemistry Council, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Pilot Corporation of America (Pilot Pen) and Waste Management.

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 national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visitkab.org, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.

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 Nov. 15 to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action. To learn more, visitamericarecyclesday.org.