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April 30, 2013 > An Earth Day recycling experience

An Earth Day recycling experience

Submitted By Laurel O'Brien and Joe Camero

April is always a special time of year for environmental enthusiasts, and nowhere is this truer than in the Bay Area at myriad Earth Day events. On April 20, more than 340 East Bay residents visited the Waste Management of Alameda County's Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex and received a unique, eye-opening experience to reinforce the connection between everyday choices and their impact on the planet's finite resources.

Activities included:
* Tours of the 52-acre, state-of-the-art Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex, where more than 2 million pounds of materials are processed for recycling each day.
* Ready, Set, Recycle contest, sponsored by awarded Kristin Kohn from Livermore with the grand prize of $125 for her recycling expertise.
* Families and their children got an up-close look at compost and the critters that inhabit it, made their own paper, and learned about creative reuse and green building design at learning stations at the irecycle@school Education Center.
* WM EarthCare(tm) Homegrown Compost was given free to all visitors. Locally sourced and produced from 100 percent recycled materials, WM EarthCare(tm) is a recipient of the U.S. Composting Council's Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) and the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) listing for use in organic farming, the industry standards for quality. For more information, visit

"It's so important to challenge people while they're still young to reject this concept that trash simply goes 'away' once it's picked up," said Rebecca Jewell, Waste Management Recycling Program Manager, Davis Street. "We take pride in our ever-expanding efforts to 'close the loop' on waste materials, and encourage a greater understanding in children and adults alike to reduce their carbon footprint."

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