On November 15, America Recycles Day, the Allen Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce it recently received a $35,685 grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) through funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The grant was awarded to initiate and execute a recycling program at Allen Event Center.
America Recycles Day, a holiday which was established in 1997, is a day that has been dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Fittingly, the Allen Parks and Recreation Department has set a goal of diverting 33 percent of the recycling stream from waste generated at Allen Event Center, thereby diverting tons of recyclable materials from the local landfill.
“The Parks and Recreation Department is an advocate for the betterment of the environment and we are very pleased to have received this grant,” said Tim Dentler, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Allen. “We are delighted to work with NCTCOG on this recycling program. It’s a major step to raise the bar in our overall efforts to enhance green initiatives in Allen.”
The recycling program which began in late October includes the purchase and installation of 84 recycling receptacles throughout the arena, and construction of the recycling container enclosure with two commercial-size recycling containers outside. Education and signage for staff, vendors and visitors are also included in the grant award.
The new receptacles will allow arena visitors and staff the opportunity to “do the right thing” by recycling their empty plastic beverage bottles/caps, aluminum cans, paper, paperboard and cardboard.