Saturday, July 29, 2006

New Town Kids Decorate Recycling Bins to Help Spread the Word

(click on image to enlarge) Contest sponsored by Anheuser-Busch Recycling, Allied Waste
and New Town St. Charles to emphasize importance of recycling

Thirty young residents of New Town St. Charles put their artistic talents to work decorating recycling bins last Saturday morning, July 22. They used paint and recyclables stuck on the bins to convey why they think recycling is important. More than 250 residents voted throughout the afternoon on the “Best Bin” with prizes awarded to four winners.

The contest was sponsored by Anheuser-Busch Recycling Corporation, New Town St. Charles and Allied Waste to encourage residents to recycle. “It is exciting to have these groups helping us push recycling. Currently we recycle only about 10% of our waste,” said St. Charles Councilman John Gieseke who represents the New Town area. “I know we can do better than that. We must. We need to push recycling to save our natural resources and help keep our trash costs from rising.”

Those decorating bins were asked to why they thought recycling was important. “In reading these kids’ statements, it’s clear they know how critical it is for communities to step up recycling efforts,” said Steve Campbell, Director, Marketing, Anheuser-Busch Recycling Corporation. “Through this contest and other outreach efforts underway in New Town, we hope residents start talking to each other about the many reasons to recycle and how easy it is.”
Those participating picked up their bins at the end of the evening, and many residents also picked up extra bins for their own households. “It was fun to see the kids so excited about the reason for the contest and the actual act of decorating the bins,” said Gieseke. “And now we have 30 households in New Town with uniquely decorated bins…each caring an important message!”

The winners by age category were:
Girl -- 10 years and under: Lexie Lehmuth
Boy – 10 years and under: Sam Wallut
Girl – 11 years and older: Chelsea House
Boy – 11 years and older: Anthony Burton
Each of the four winners received a gift certificate provided by Anheuser-Busch Recycling for a new bike.