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Carmel Green Initiative offers recycling bin loan program

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Carmel Green Initiative (CGI) now offering the Lend-A-Bin program. Event planners of church and school carnivals and sports events, graduation parties, and neighborhood parties are invited to borrow portable recycling bins to facilitate recycling at their next event.

In partnership with the Carmel Dad’s Club (CDC), families and players will have use of recycling bins during games and practices at the CDC’s Mark Badger Park.  Other public gatherings to benefit from the new program include Carmelfest. The community is encouraged to use this new resource in making the commitment to personal and operational actions that benefit the planet.

“Promoting efficient use of limited energy resources is key to sustainability. And we’re excited to offer the Lend-A-Bin program to make recycling of glass, plastic and aluminum beverage containers easier.” said Leslie Webb, president of Carmel Green Initiative. “Event planners in Carmel won’t have to deal with the expense and hassle of purchasing and storing their own recycling bins, and can borrow the bins as needed.”

Beth Schmitt, director of Recycling for Alcoa said “Right now, about 43 percent of all the aluminum cans used in the U.S. are still going to landfills, and that’s a lot of energy we can’t afford to bury,” Schmitt continued. “Aluminum cans aren’t trash – they’re a manufactured natural resource and the industry wants them back.”

“Carmel is a wonderful place where local organizations such as Carmel Green Initiative and Carmel Dad’s Club work together to be good stewards of our environment and the community. Our residents are deeply committed to recycling as shown by their enthusiastic participation in the citywide curbside recycling program and they will undoubtedly support this new initiative as well,” said Mayor Jim Brainard.


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