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Richardson Celebrates America Recycles Day
Posted Date: 11/15/2013 9:00 AM

The City of Richardson will promote living green and recycling in the community today with several events held in conjunction with America Recycles Day.

Students at Mark Twain Elementary School in Richardson will meet “Recycling Richie,” Richardson’s recycling mascot, as they leave school this afternoon. City staff will also distribute free blue recycling bags and recycling information to students and parents at the event.

Plus, free recycling bags will also be distributed at recycling information tables setup at City Hall, the City’s Heights and Huffhines Recreation Centers, and Richardson Senior Center (limit one roll per household).

And, people can also recycle their new (but never worn) or gently used shoes to the “Gathering Soles for Network” shoe drive going on now until Nov. 21 as part of the “Ask Not… Dallas County Day of Service.” Shoe donation locations are available at several City facilities.

The City’s goal is to increase awareness of recycling programs offered by the City and to increase the amount of material that is diverted from landfills for recycling.

“This is a high priority for the City Council, and everything we can do to increase the amount we recycle makes the community, the region and the world a greener place,” said Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka. “Through large national efforts like America Recycles Day to events of our own like Trash Bash in the spring, we are working to improve the environmental sustainability of the Richardson community.”

Richardson has increased recycling at major community events such as Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts & Music Festival, Cottonwood Art Festival and Huffhines Art Trails. The City held its largest-ever Trash Bash event in April and works with both community organizations and corporate partners to promote recycling and environmental stewardship.

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, visit

About the City of Richardson
The City of Richardson is widely recognized for its commitment to excellence, its rich history and its bright future, all of which make Richardson a smart choice for residents and businesses. Known globally for its high-tech business leadership, the City of Richardson also offers a high quality of life, diverse array of neighborhoods, convenient Metroplex location, multi-modal transportation infrastructure and outstanding City services. Richardson has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top places to live and work by the national media, and the City remains dedicated to continuous improvement, as well as to the principles of open government and two-way communications with residents. To learn more, visit