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October 12, 2010 > Ready, set, recycle announces grand prize

Ready, set, recycle announces grand prize

Submitted By Ivana Gaspic

StopWaste.Org just announced the Grand Prize winners for the Ready, Set, Recycle contest, a month-long recycling contest that gave Fremont and Dublin residents a chance to win up to $250 for having the least amount of recyclable and compostable materials in their trash bins. Donna Hill of Fremont and Richard and Sharon Lewis of Dublin have been named their city's Best Recyclers.

From June 21-July 31, StopWaste.Org's prize crew randomly selected garbage carts on the regular garbage collection days and rewarded those residents who were correctly separating their recyclables, compostables, and trash. StopWaste.Org gave $50 to eight households from both Fremont and Dublin, and $250 and the title of Fremont and Dublin's Best Recyclers to the best ones within the group.

"I am thrilled to be named Fremont's best recycler," said Donna Hill, who won the top prize in her city. "It's nice to be rewarded for something we already do. I am proud to be a resident of Fremont and all that Fremont has accomplished due to the diligence of all its residents. It is great to see our whole neighborhood recycling."

At the recent Dublin City Council meeting, Richard and Sharon Lewis received an official commendation from the City Council and a check for $250 for being Dublin's Best Recyclers. "We've always been avid recyclers and composters," said Richard Lewis. "The Ready, Set, Recycle contest was a fun way of reinforcing the importance of recycling and composting, so we were happy that we had a chance to participate. It's my hope that the contest has inspired residents all over Dublin to keep up the good work."

Fremont and Dublin residents also had an opportunity to take the "I Recycle" online pledge and win a $15 gift card.

"The Ready, Set, Recycle was an effective way of helping us reach our voter approved goal of diverting 75 percent of all waste from county landfills by 2010," says Brian Mathews, senior program manager at StopWaste.Org. "Alameda County already has some of the most successful recycling programs in the nation and we're proud that 93 percent of our residents report that they recycle regularly. There are many great recyclers in these communities. The people we are acknowledging are doing the right thing."

The Alameda county-wide contest is scheduled to launch in 2011. For more information about recycling, the contest and the winners, visit www.ReadySetRecycleContest.Org

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