Apr 22, 2011 8:44 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow
It is Earth Day today and Colorado Springs makes an effort to keep our city clean and our planet healthy.
Kids from the Colorado Springs Conservatory sang at the launch of the public recycling program this morning outside of City Hall. Right afterwards, Mayor Rivera cut the ribbon celebrating the launch of the new recycle bins that will find a home around town.
One-hundred-and-fifty of these bins will be in downtown areas and various parks in Colorado Springs.
The effort is a partnership between The City of Colorado Springs and Greener Corners.
The push to recycle speaks volumes, as Greener Corners spokesperson, Aaron Klein, says, "Over fifty percent of what we currently throw away can be recycled. So, by urging our residents and our visitors to do the right thing with that plastic water bottle or news paper, we can divert that away from our landfill and help save our planet."
Greener Corners hopes to bring more of these bins into the city over the next two years.
They also added that the bins come at no cost to the city, rather, the group says, over $100,000 dollars of new revenue will be generated for the city within the first year from ad space sales on the bins and up to $500,000 by 2015.