April 16, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Earth Day Recycling Treasure Hunt

As part of the 2009 Earth Day celebration, citizens interested in learning more about recycling can participate in a Treasure Hunt event by visiting several of Springfield’s public and private recycling facilities on Saturday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 22, 2009.

Participants can earn chances for drawings for prizes such as: reusable shopping bags provided by Price Cutter supermarkets; reusable leaf/grass clipping bags, home recycling bins, basket of “green cleaning” items, and a biodegradable table service for 24 donated by the Solid Waste Division; a rain barrel diverter kit provided by the James River Basin Partnership; coupons for free curbside recycling services, provided by WCA; coupons from Kum-&-Go; a biodegradable table service for 24; a prize donated by Wild Birds Unlimited and other eco-friendly items.

“Interest in recycling in Springfield is at an all-time high and facilities and services are buzzing with activity, in spite of historically weak markets,” said Barbara Lucks, City Materials Recovery/ Education Coordinator. “This is an indication of the strength of our recycling infrastructure.”

The Treasure Hunt will take place over the two days at the following facilities. Hours of the participating facilities are available at www.OzarksEnvironment.com.

April 18
April 22

City Utilities of Springfield will provide free bus transportation both days on routes that service the facilities. For information on routes, visit:  http://www.cityutilities.net/transit/routes.htm

Participants may pick up a Treasure Hunt card at any of the participating stops. They can have the card punched at any of the participating stops. Visits must be made to at least three of the seven stops to become eligible for the drawing for prizes. The drawing takes place on April 23. Winners will be notified via phone or e-mail.

The Treasure Hunt is sponsored by all of the participating organizations. For a full schedule of Earth Day events, go to www.OzarksEnvironment.com

For more information, contact: Barbara Lucks, Materials Recovery/Education Coordinator, 864-2005.

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov