Earth Friendly: Celebrate America Recycles Day in downtown Victoria
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By Meridith ByrdIt's that time of year again. Yes, I know the holidays are just around the corner, but I am talking about the 14th annual America Recycles Day on Nov. 15.
Created in 1997 by the National Recycling Coalition, America Recycles Day is celebrated in communities across the country with recycling drives, composting classes, contests and other activities. The Coastal Bend is no exception to the festivities, with Cuero High School's America Recycles Day carnival and plastic bag collection drive, the Keep Cuero Beautiful neighborhood cleanup and the Keep Bay City Beautiful Household Hazardous Waste collection.
Last year, the city's Environmental Services department held a workplace recycling contest to celebrate the occasion, and this year, Marie Lester, the city's Environmental Programs Coordinator, has devised a scavenger hunt to highlight downtown businesses and promote America Recycles Day.
Lester got the idea for a scavenger hunt after participating in a similar "great green race" at a conference she attended. "I have wanted to do one downtown ever since," she explains, "but had to wait for the construction to end." She recruited 28 downtown Victoria businesses to participate in the scavenger hunt, which runs Nov. 14-19. Each business has an activity associated with the hunt, from making recycled art, to viewing a rainwater harvest system, to learning about different businesses' efforts to go green.
To enter the contest, participants must complete 10 of the 28 scavenger hunt activities and have them checked off by staff of the respective businesses. The first 50 people to turn in a completed brochure will receive a recycling bin filled with "green" prizes. Brochures can be turned in at the city of Victoria Environmental Services Department at 700 Main Center, Suite 113 by Nov. 25.
The contest ends with an EcoParty at the Nave Museum from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, where participants can also turn in their completed brochures. Admission to the Nave is free for the party and celebrants can enjoy free hot dogs and hamburgers, games and crafts.
The scavenger hunt is open to kids and adults, so grab a brochure and get started. You can download the scavenger hunt brochure at victoriatx.org/environmental/recycling.asp or pick one up around town or pick one up from Hastings, Starbucks or a participating business. Contact the city's Environmental Services Department at 361-485-3230 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Children's Discovery Museum
Days Gone Bye
First Victoria Downtown
Leo J. Welder Center
Rosebud Fountain and Grill
Santa Rosa Pottery
Split Endz Salon
Taqueria mi Familia
U.S. Post Office Downtown
Victoria City Hall
Victoria Coffee Roasters
Victoria Public Library
Wells Fargo Downtown
Woodhouse Day Spa
Meridith Byrd is a marine biologist and invites read ers to contact her at email@example.com.