Celebrate America Recycles Day!

Events planned in November

Marlene Feist, Utilities Communications Manager, 509.625.6505

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 8:57 a.m.

The City of Spokane and Spokane County have kicked off the community's 18th annual recycling campaign, dubbed “Go Green with Big Blue.” Designed to promote the benefits of recycling and buying recycled products, several events have been planned leading up to the actual America Recycles Day on Saturday, Nov. 15.

The public is invited to participate in all activities. Events commemorating America Recycles Day include:

  • Poster Display: “Go Green with Big Blue”
  • Through Friday, Nov. 14
  • River Park Square – 2nd level
  • Free

Students in kindergarten through 8th grade entered the Spokane Recycles poster contest. Posters featuring the work of 16 grade level finalists will be on display in the second level walkway between Macy’s and the River Park Square lobby until Nov. 14. One Grand Prize Winner’s artwork will be reproduced as the Spokane Recycles 2015 poster and will made available for distribution. The grand prize winner will also get a special visitor to his/her school – Spokane’s Recycle Man will present event recycling containers to the school so more recycling can take place. View a list of all grade level finalists.

  • Celebrate Recycling Day at MOBIUS Kids Museum
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Admission fees apply

Kids will make a piece of recycled paper, explore a worm bin, and complete a trash sort to celebrate the importance of recycling at home and school.

  • Spokane County Poster Winner Recognition and Proclamation Event
  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m.
  • Spokane County Commissioners Hearing Room
  • Spokane County Public Works Building, Lower Level
  • Free

Finalists in the America Recycles Day Poster Contest will be recognized at this meeting of the Spokane County Commissioners. The grand prize winner of the poster contest will be announced and the Spokane Recycles 2015 poster will be unveiled.

Citizens can also celebrate America Recycles Day on their own.

“Spokane already recycles over 55 percent of its waste, higher than the national and state averages,” says Spokane Solid Waste Education Coordinator Kris Major. “We can be proud of that, but there is still more we can do.”

In fact, Spokane County is setting a 65 percent recycling goal for 2020. Tips for recycling more and ways to celebrate America Recycles Day can be found at www.americarecyclesday.org.

For additional information on recycling in Spokane, contact the City of Spokane’s Solid Waste Disposal Department at 509.625.6580. For Spokane County information, call 509.477.6800 or go to www.spokanecountysolidwaste.org.