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Video+Story City’s ESD Reminds El Pasoans to Tackle Recycling During Super Bowl Weekend

The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department encourages residents to make a game-time decision to go green and recycle during Super Bowl weekend.

Super Bowl parties can create a supersized amount of trash that is sure to make its way to the Greater El Paso Landfill. Environmental Services estimates that thousands of aluminum cans, plastic beverage containers and cardboard material will pass the recycle bin and be thrown in the trash before, during and after the game.

In an effort to reduce waste, Environmental Services has some suggestions that will minimize the environmental impact that Super Bowl weekend creates.

  • Purchase an energy efficient television, preferably Energy Star rated. Recycle the box it came in and dispose of the old TV or used electronics at any of the City’s Citizen Collection Stations.
  • Before the game, set aside separate containers for trash and recycling. Aluminum cans, plastic bottles and cardboard packaged products are all recyclable. Pizza boxes and Styrofoam cups and plates are NOT RECYCLABLE; those belong in the trash. (Recycle Right El Paso, Public Service Announcement on recycling for the big game can be seen on the City’s YouTube Channel.
  • Purchase aluminum canned beverages; glass is recyclable but needs to be taken to one of the City’s Citizen Collection Stations. Each aluminum can that is recycled saves enough energy to run a television for nearly three hours, that’s roughly the time it takes to watch the Super Bowl.
  • Serve food on reusable plates that can be washed and used again. A move like this can reduce the amount of trash that may end up in the landfill.

The Environmental Services Department encourages everyone to recycle right not just during Super Bowl weekend but year-round. To learn more about recycling visit Recycle Right El Paso.

City to Launch “Recycle Right El Paso” Campaign Tuesday

In an effort to bring awareness and re-educate residents, the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department will launch a Recycle Right El Paso campaign on National America Recycles Day, Tuesday, November 15, at 2 p.m. at the Municipal Services Center (7968 San Paulo.)

The Recycle Right El Paso campaign is designed to re-educate and refresh residents’ minds on recycling right. It reminds residents that plastic, cardboard, paper and aluminum should be placed in the blue recycling bin. The campaign emphasizes items that should never be placed in recycle bins, such as pizza boxes, yard waste, electronics and clothing.

The City began offering voluntary curbside recycling services in 2007. Recently, there has been a huge   increase of non-recyclable items placed in recycling bins. This has lead the City to pay a large increase in fees to Friedman Recycling Company, the recycling contractor.

Non-recyclable items can create a hazard for employees who sort recyclables and can damage the equipment at the processing facility.

For the past eight years the City has received revenue from recycle partner Friedman Recycling ranging from $675,000 to $1 million each year. Last year was the first time the City had to pay Friedman Recycling due to the large amounts of trash in the recycle bins. This year it is estimated that the City will pay upwards of $800,000 in penalty fees due to trash in recycling bins.

In order to re-educate residents, the Environmental Services Department has created a variety of recycle right messages that will be promoted on digital billboards and large stationary billboards across town. A Recycle Right El Paso website has been created. Additionally, tips and reminders about recycling will be promoted through Facebook and Twitter and various school presentations will help spread the word about the importance of recycling and recycling right.

The launch of the Recycle Right campaign coincides with National America Recycles Day that is celebrated every year on November 15. America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling.

More information and a complete list on what to recycle may be found on the Recycle Right El Paso website