Mayor Don Wesely presented awards to the Gallup Organization, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and Park Middle School for their efforts to recycle office paper during "Clean Your Files Week" April 22 through 26. More than 34 buildings and institutions participated in the nationwide event to encourage the recovery of files and papers that were no longer needed. The event was one of the activities held in conjunction with Earth Day April 22.
"When I became Mayor, I implemented a program sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors to provide an opportunity for businesses and governmental employees help improve our environment," said Wesely. "This was the third year for ‘Clean Your Files Week’ in Lincoln, and we are very pleased that almost 61,000 pounds of valuable office paper was recycled during the week. Lincoln congratulates all the groups who participated, and I hope they and others will make recycling a year-round effort."
The Gallup Organization won the business award for collecting more than 60 pounds of paper per employee. The school to collect the most paper was Park Middle School, with almost two pounds of paper recycled per student. UNL won the award for the most paper collected by a governmental entity by recycling more than 11,170 pounds.
Joining the mayor in the awards presentation were representatives of the Lincoln Public Schools; the University of Nebraska; Midland Recycling and WasteCap of Lincoln.