Annual awards ceremony recognizes local recycling efforts

Anoka County Integrated Waste Management recently held its 25th annual Recycling Recognition Awards ceremony.

Anoka County Integrated Waste Management recently held its 25th annual Recycling Recognition Awards ceremony. “Recycling Champions” awards were presented to individuals for their outstanding recycling practices. From left: Anoka County Commissioners Scott Schulte, Julie Braastad, Carol LeDoux and Robyn West; Patricia Ludens, Mark Junghans, Laurie Kimball, Theresa Klasman, Sarah Filipi, Mary Schuster and Commissioner Jim Kordiak. Not pictured: Douglas Jones, Amy Sykes and Barb Reichel.

Anoka County Integrated Waste Management recently held its 25th annual Recycling Recognition Awards ceremony. “Recycling Champions” awards were presented to individuals for their outstanding recycling practices. From left: Anoka County Commissioners Scott Schulte, Julie Braastad, Carol LeDoux and Robyn West; Patricia Ludens, Mark Junghans, Laurie Kimball, Theresa Klasman, Sarah Filipi, Mary Schuster and Commissioner Jim Kordiak. Not pictured: Douglas Jones, Amy Sykes and Barb Reichel.Photo submitted

The event recognized municipalities, haulers and service providers who assisted Anoka County residents with recycling 170,400 tons of materials in 2013, resulting in 43 percent of waste generated in the county recycled. The amount of materials recycled in 2013 was 22,473 tons more than in 2012. Together, county and municipal staff and other partners increased information available to residents about recycling and improved recycling opportunities available to county residents.

The “Most Improved Municipal Drop-off Program” awards were presented to the city of Lino Lakes and Linwood Township.  In addition, the following individuals were designated “Recycling Champions” for their efforts to recycle: Sarah Filipi, Mark Junghans, Laurie Kimball, Theresa Klaman, Patricia Ludens, Mary Schuster, Amy Sykes, Barb Reichel and Douglas Jones.

Recycling provides a range of environmental and economic benefits to our communities. Manufacturing with recycled materials saves energy and water and produces less air and water pollution than manufacturing with virgin materials. It takes 95 percent less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Making recycled steel saves 60 percent, recycled newspapers 40 percent, recycled plastics 70 percent and recycled glass 40 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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