Calling it "a great day for our environment," Lincoln Mayor Don Wesely congratulated all city offices and businesses who recycled unwanted office paper during Clean Your Files Week 2000. The event, April 17 through 22, was a nationwide campaign to support the 30th anniversary of Earth Day April 22. This was the first year the event was sponsored in the city, and Mayor Wesely issued a proclamation designating the week as Clean Your Files Week in Lincoln.
More than 30 buildings with over 1,125 office workers participated in the campaign. The city Recycling Office estimates 27,570 pounds of valuable office paper were recovered for recycling during the week.
Wesely presented plaques to the top three buildings that recycled the most files per employee. First place went to Nebraska Hall with 522 pounds of paper recycled per employee. Second place went to the Ace Hardware Distribution Facility with 260 pounds per employee. Third place went to Prescott Elementary School with 42 pounds of paper recycled per employee.
"I hope citizens will continue to expand their paper recycling efforts," Mayor Wesely said. "This event lasted only one week, but recycling must be a year-round effort."
Joining the Mayor in the awards presentation were members of the steering committee for Clean Your Files Week: Mike Foster and Ken Cooper of Midland Recycling; Dale Ekart, Recycling Coordinator for UNL; Marti Franti, Recycling Coordinator with the Lincoln Public Schools; and Carrie Hackenkamp, Director of WasteCap of Lincoln.