We'd Like to Teach the Tourists to Recycle

Coca-Cola to jumpstart National Mall recycling

By BRETT ZONGKER
|  Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009  |  Updated 7:15 PM EDT
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We'd Like to Teach the Tourists to Recycle

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Coca-Cola is helping the National Park Service recycle bottles and cans and other trash left on the National Mall.

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WASHINGTON -- Officials who oversee the National Mall are planning to create its first-ever recycling program this year to reduce the hundreds of tons of trash left by visitors.

A $1.1 million gift from Coca-Cola Co. announced Wednesday will help jumpstart the effort. This summer, the National Park Service and its fundraising partners will study the waste generated on the mall to design a permanent recycling program.

The National Mall generates three to four tons of trash on an average day, nearly all of which goes straight to landfills, Park Service officials said. The site draws about 25 million visitors each year.

The agency will operate and grow the recycling program to make it a model for the country, Acting National Park Service Director Dan Wenk said.
 

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