RecycleWorks Press Releases

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January 7, 2003

County of San Mateo Public Works
Contact: Jill Boone, Resource Conservation Programs Manager
(650) 599-1433 or jill@RecycleWorks.org

Sustainable San Mateo County
Contact: Ricki McGlashan
(650) 344-8341 or Rmcglashan@aol.com


COUNTY RECYCLEWORKS PROGRAM WINS SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

(San Mateo County) RecycleWorks, a program of the County of San Mateo, will receive a prestigious Sustainable San Mateo County Award at a ceremony on February 4 in recognition of efforts to protect natural resources and engage businesses, residents, and nonprofits in participating in the transition to a sustainable community.

RecycleWorks began as the County's recycling and composting program many years ago and has recently developed into a countywide resource for residents and businesses. The hotline, 1-888-442-2666, and the website, www.RecycleWorks.org, offer information on where to recycle or donate just about anything, including how to compost, how to reduce junk mail, where to buy green building materials and how to start a commercial recycling program. In addition, RecycleWorks staff and volunteers offer school programs and fieldtrips, composting workshops and a wide range of interesting programs from construction practices to solar tours to specialized recycling workshops.

This fall, in collaboration with a number of haulers, businesses, non profits and volunteers, RecycleWorks organized and coordinated a Bicycle Re-Use event to collect, repair and distribute over 500 bikes. During the past year, RecycleWorks also offered a Solar Home Tour; developed a Re-Use Guide for people to know where to donate unneeded items; produced Junk Mail Reduction Kits for businesses and residents; put on an Events Recycling Program for events coordinators and offered Master Composter training.

This April, in celebration of Earth Day, RecycleWorks will offer residents of San Mateo County an opportunity to recycle their old sports shoes. "Our goal is to bring the community together to work cooperatively towards a better environment for all of us," said Jill Boone, Resource Conservation Programs Manager.

The annual sustainability awards celebrate and honor individuals or groups in government, business, labor, education, social services, religious and civic-organizations whose actions demonstrate a dedication to the long-term health and well being of San Mateo County. Recipients' actions support the three key elements of sustainability - a healthy ecosystem, social well-being, and economic vitality. In addition to RecycleWorks, other recipients include The Bread Project of South San Francisco, Emma's Eco Clean of Redwood City, and jZ Cool Eatery and Catering Company of Menlo Park.

Sustainable San Mateo County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the long term improvement of our region's environment, economic vitality, and social equity through the promotion of sustainability, which is defined as meeting the needs of this generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The 2002-2003 award ceremony is open to the public and will be held on February 4 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. For more information contact 650-638-2323.

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