MALIBU—The city of Malibu is encouraging members of the community to celebrate America Recycles Day by participating in three citywide projects.
Malibu is partnering with Sustainable Surf, Access, and Crayon Collection on respective efforts to recycle polystyrene foam, paper documents, and used crayons as part of the nationwide effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste to protect the environment.
America Recycles Day, November 15, is a national initiative of the non-profit organization Keep America Beautiful which aims to inspire and educate people “to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment.”
“During its November 14 Council Meeting, the Malibu City Council will proclaim November 15 to be America Recycles Day in Malibu, and present a commendation to Crayon Collection founder Sheila Morovati” states the City’s Facebook page. The following project descriptions also have been taken from the City’s Facebook page.
Sustainable Surf’s “Waste to Waves”
Residents can drop off polystyrene foam packing material in the upper parking lot of Malibu City Hall (23825 Stuart Ranch Rd.), November 1 to November 12, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The foam collected and recycled by the environmental non-profit organization Sustainable Surf and is used by Marko Foam Inc. to make eco-friendly surfboard blanks and other products part of the Waste to Waves project. Billions of pounds of polystyrene are made in the U.S. every year, most which is used in manufacturing polystyrene foam. When not properly recycled, polystyrene foam ends up in huge quantities in landfills, where it can take hundreds of years to only partially break down, and ends up in the ocean and on coastlines around the world where it damages wildlife and marine ecosystems.
For more information, visit Recycling Program Creates Surfboards.
Access’ Free, Secure Document Shredding
Residents can drop off paper documents to be securely shredded and recycled for free by Access on Saturday, November 12 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the upper parking lot of City Hall (23825 Stuart Ranch Road). Secure paper document shredding is an effective way to prevent identity theft while recycling paper.
Crayon Collection’s Used Crayon Collection
Malibu has partnered with the non-profit Crayon Collection and local restaurants for a crayon drive. As a partner of the National Head Start Association, Crayon Collection provides crayons to classrooms across the United States. Gently-used crayons can be dropped off at Malibu City Hall (23825 Stuart Ranch Rd.), November 1 to November 14, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For a visual guide to these projects’ dates, visit http://www.malibucity.org/EnviroCalendar.