City of Springfield Celebrating “America Recycles Day”

The City of Springfield is holding special events on Thursday & Friday to mark “America Recycles Day.”

The city is hosting a free “EnviroFlick” at the Moxie Theatre Thursday night at 7 p.m.. “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story” follows two people who give up grocery shopping and pledge to only eat food that would be thrown away. The film examines expiration dates, portion sizes, and how focusing on those items impacts food supplies around the world.

While the film is not rated, the city recommends 10 years old or older if you plan to bring children.

“Our community continues to produce more and more waste and over 70% of what’s sitting in our landfill could have actually been recycled,” Education and Outreach Coordinator Laurie Duncan said in a statement. “America Recycles Day is a day to bring attention to the practice of recycling on a regular basis and encourage residents to divert as much material through our recycling centers and curbside recycling as possible.”

On Friday, the city will be holding “Customer Appreciation Day” at the city’s recycling centers on Lone Pine and Franklin Avenue. Free coffee and doughnuts will be given to attendees along with the chance to receive giveaway items.

“This is just a small way of saying thank you to those who are doing their part to help divert waste from our landfill and promote sustainability in the community,” says Duncan. “It’s also a fabulous opportunity for our staff to connect with recyclers, provide resources and share ideas.”

The Franklin Avenue Recycling Center is located at 731 North Franklin Avenue. The Lone Pine Recycling Center is at 3020 South Lone Pine Avenue. They will be open Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..

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