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May 7, 2013 > Earth Day learning at recycling facility

Earth Day learning at recycling facility

Submitted By Laurel O'Brien, Photo by Emily Hagopian

April is always a special time of year for countless environmental enthusiasts, especially in the Bay Area with its myriad Earth Day events. On April 20, 2013, more than 340 East Bay residents received a unique eye-opening experience to reinforce the connection between everyday choices and their impact on the planet's finite resources at the Waste Management of Alameda County's Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex (Davis Street), San Leandro.

Activities at the free event included tours of the 52-acre, state-of-the-art Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex, where more than two million pounds of materials are processed for recycling each day.

The "Ready, Set, Recycle" contest, sponsored by StopWaste.org, awarded Kristin Kohn from Livermore with the grand prize of $125 for her recycling expertise.

Families and their children took a close look at compost and the critters that inhabit it, made their own paper and learned about creative re-use and green building design at learning stations at the irecycle@school Education Center.

All visitors received free WM EarthCare(tm) Homegrown Compost. 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 wmearthcare.com.

"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."

For more information, visit www.stopwaste.org and www.wm.com

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