Mayor Don Wesely today congratulated all the government offices and local businesses who recycled unwanted office paper during "Clean Your Files Week" April 16 through 20. He also presented awards to the top business, school and government recyclers for this year's campaign.
"We can all be proud of our city's participation in this nationwide campaign to recycle office paper," said Mayor Wesely. "About 28 local buildings and institutions took part, and an estimated 29,700 pounds of valuable office paper was recovered for recycling during the week."
Winning the top award in the business category was White Electric, which collected 82 pounds of paper per employee. The school to collect the most paper was the LPS Science Focus Program at the Folsom Children Zoo, which collected almost three pounds of recyclable paper per student. The University of Nebraska - Lincoln, which collected more than 8,600 pounds of paper, received the award for the most paper collected by a governmental entity.
About 4,865 pounds of paper, 16 percent of the total, came from employees of the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County, who have an ongoing paper recycling program.
This was the second year the event was sponsored in the city. Joining the Mayor in the awards presentation were representatives of WasteCap of Lincoln, the Lincoln Public Schools, the University of Nebraska and Midland Recycling.
"‘Clean Your Files Week' lasts only one week, but increasing the recycling of paper should be a year-long effort," Wesely said.
The third annual "Clean Your Files Week" is set for April 22 through 26, 2002.