CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Corpus Christi announced today the unveiling of a playground donated by Ziploc® brand in recognition of its continued support of Corpus Christi Recycles, its single-stream recycling program featuring Recyclebank® rewards that launched in January of last year. The Earthscapes playground, made of more than 30,000 plastic containers, will be officially "open for play" following a ceremony with Corpus Christi Mayor Joe Adame tomorrow, May 19 at H-E-B Park, in honor of National Kids to Park Day.
"The City of Corpus Christi prides itself as an environmental leader in the great state of Texas, and we're heartened to see the exceptional community engagement around recycling and other green actions that has grown rapidly with the help of partners like Recyclebank and the Ziploc® brand," said Adame. "On behalf of the community, I'd like to convey a special thanks to Ziploc® for providing yet another way for our families to enjoy the outdoors we've worked to keep beautiful this summer, and we look forward to realizing an even more environmentally-friendly Corpus Christi through our combined efforts."
The impact of the City's recycling program continues to grow. With recycling now easier and rewards for those that do so, Corpus residents have recycled more than 33 million pounds since the program's inception, including over 9 million pounds in 2012 alone.
The Ziploc® brand first teamed up with Recyclebank and the City of Corpus Christi to support the launch of Corpus Christi Recycles in January 2011. Recyclebank rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from local and national businesses. A special significance for Ziploc® brand, the City of Corpus Christi was the first Recyclebank community to benefit from Ziploc®'s efforts in supporting the expansion of Recyclebank rewards and increase recycling in communities across the nation. To commemorate this, the Ziploc® brand donated the Earthscapes playground, which is officially ready for use in H-E-B Park, to the City in January this year.
The new Earthscapes playground is composed of more than 30,000 recycled plastic containers, which have avoided the landfill thanks to Ziploc®. Earthscapes playgrounds, both large and small, are manufactured from recycled structural plastic lumber made from reclaimed post-consumer plastic products like milk jugs and other beverage containers, plastic cartons and bags. Earthscapes is committed to building quality playground equipment that puts the safety of children first, but never forgets what it means to play and make a difference for the environment.
"We look forward to continuing our work with the City of Corpus Christi and Ziploc®, as we look to further build upon this momentum, driving greater community engagement by offering rewards for green actions in the form of valuable savings at the local and national businesses people shop with every day," said Sue Igoe, senior vice president at Recyclebank. "Corpus Christi exemplifies how partnerships like these most effectively encourage the small lifestyle changes that add up to the biggest impact on the environment."
Corpus Christi Recycles asks residents to place all their recyclables in their Smart Cart on collection day. To earn Recyclebank rewards, residents need only visit www.Recyclebank.com to sign up for a free account. Each time a neighborhood's recycling is collected, the total weight of the recycled materials is captured, converted to Recyclebank points, and then allocated to the participating members, tracked by each household's Smart Cart. The points can then be redeemed at www.Recyclebank.com for rewards from businesses in more than 10 categories, including food and beverage, health, beauty, home, clothing, accessories and gifts. Residents are also encouraged to drop off clean and dry Ziploc® Brand Sandwich, Freezer and Storage Bags at in-store recycling collection bins at participating grocery stores for even more earn opportunities.
- For more information on Corpus Christi Recycles, please visit www.corpuschristirecycles.com.
- For more information on Ziploc®'s sustainability efforts across the nation, please visit www.ziploc.com/sustainability.
- For more information on Earthscapes, please visit http://www.goearthscapes.com/.
Recyclebank® helps create a more sustainable future by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from more than 3,000 local and national businesses. Through its online platform and partnerships with municipalities, haulers, small businesses and corporate brands, Recyclebank is empowering individuals to make a collective impact on the environment by increasing household recycling, reducing household energy usage and learning to live greener lives. Recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme and for Outstanding Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Recyclebank is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit www.Recyclebank.com.
ABOUT CORPUS CHRISTI
The City of Corpus Christi is a multi-cultural community located 140 miles southeast of San Antonio on Corpus Christi Bay, an inlet off the Gulf of Mexico. The City comprises of an estimated population of 277,454 and is the sixth largest port in the nation. This All-America City is the eighth largest city in Texas, and key industries include petrochemicals, military and tourism. For more information, visit us at www.cctexas.com.
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Kim Womack | Public Information Officer for City of Corpus Christi
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