Despite rain and chilly temperatures, more than 100 residents attended the Mayors Great Tree Give-away event today, held from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. at the Citys Point Breeze recycling center, Construction Junction.
The Mayor gave away all 1,000 Frazier fir seedlings, donated by Giant Eagle, Inc. and Kraft Foods, and brought back 100 seedlings to give to City employees. Many residents handed the Mayor bags of recyclables, and even unused computers in exchange for the seedlings.
"What a great way to wrap up Earth Week," Mayor Ravenstahl said. "Seeing hundreds of residents eager to receive free seedlings despite rainy weather really demonstrates that the people of Pittsburgh care about our environment." In fact, people commented positively on the weather, saying the rain makes it a perfect day to plant trees.
During the give-away, the City's recycling division handed out information on new recycling initiatives.
"The City continues to work hard to expand recycling by making it even more convenient for our residents," said the City's recycling supervisor, Shawn Wigle. "This event was a perfect opportunity for the Mayor to talk about single-stream recycling, where residents can inter-mingle their recyclables curbside."
In January of 2008, the recycling division began a pilot single-stream recycling program in Central and East neighborhoods. The convenience factor of single-stream recycling has significantly increased residential participation. Recyclable tonnages in these neighborhoods have increased by more than 20 percent as compared to the previous year. The program will be rolled out City-wide next January.
After the event, one-hundred extra seedlings were given to City employees on a first-come, first-serve basis.
"I look forward to another great Earth Week in 2009," Mayor Ravenstahl said. "With residents and employees planting trees and recycling more, I am confident that Pittsburgh will be even healthier next year."
Monday, April 28, 2008
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