Two recycling events scheduled for America Recycles Day

INA, Ill. (Nov. 6, 2013) – A number of Rend Lake College students and clubs will be working together next week to improve the environment and their community as a way to celebrate America Recycles Day.

First, members of RLC’s AmeriCorps program will paint and re-label recycling bins across the Ina campus at various stations from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. Representatives from RLC’s Greening the Campus Committee will be on hand to provide information on local recycling. Sustainability Professional Tyson Ellis said the students will be working on multiple large bins near the Maintenance Building.

“This isn’t something Rend Lake College has done in the past,” said Ellis. “We are hoping for student involvement to increase after these events, which are ideas brought to our committee by Greg Hollmann. He’s been hoping to achieve these things in the last couple years.” Hollmann is RLC’s Sustainability Coordinator.

The following day, Nov. 15, 10 teams comprised of various athletic and academic clubs and teams will travel to the Mt. Vernon Walmart Supercenter to participate in a scavenger hunt. The groups will search for items designated as recyclable or “green.” The event will start at 2 p.m.

Ellis said some of the teams who may participate include the Warriors baseball, softball and volleyball teams, College Bowl, AmeriCorps, Student Transfer and Retention Support (STARS), Radiologic Technology, Art League and Phi Theta Kappa.

“We are hoping to raise community awareness of recycling through the items they find, and through painting the bins,” said Ellis.

The events are sponsored by the Keep America Beautiful organization and the RLC Greening the Campus Committee. For more information on the committee, visit www.rlc.edu/greening-the-campus.

For more information on the two recycling events, contact Tyson Ellis at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1230 or Greg Hollmann at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1780.

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