News Release

Project Front Yard Celebrates America Recycles Day
Posted: 11/15/2017 1:00 PM
 

​In honor of the 20th anniversary of Keep America Beautiful’s America Recycles Day, Project Front Yard is hosting a series of events and initiatives to remind citizens of the importance of recycling and reusing items, for the benefit of the economy and the environment. America Recycles Day is celebrated in the weeks leading up to November 15 and is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the United States.

Through Project Front Yard there are multiple ways that citizens can participate:
 
Fix-it Café – This Saturday, November 18, Project Front Yard, in partnership with No Waste Lafayette and Habitat for Humanity ReStore, will host Lafayette’s first-ever Fix-it Café. The Fix-It Café is a pop-up meeting place where community members can gather, bringing items in need of repair to be assessed and worked on by experienced, volunteer fixers. There will be three repair stations: Bicycle, small wooden furniture/household items and small appliances/engines.
 
The goals of the Fix-It Café are simple: reducing waste, maintaining and passing on knowledge about repairing and strengthening community. All members of the public, including those who don’t have items in need of repair, are invited to lend a hand or learn how to make repairs, all while enjoying a cup of coffee. For more information on the Fix-it Café, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/178975665998918/.

Plastic Bag Roundup, November 15 - April 22 -  In its third year, Plastic Bag Roundup is part of a six month program that kicks off on America Recycles Day and concludes on Earth Day. Local elementary and middle schools students in Lafayette Parish are challenged to collect plastic bags to be re-manufactured into wood alternative decking composite. The challenge is a great educational opportunity for Lafayette’s youngest citizens on the importance of reducing waste and recycling. Plastic Bag Roundup is also a great reminder for citizens of all ages that plastic bags should be returned to local stores for recycling and should not be placed in curbside collection bins. 
 
One Acadiana’s Ambassadors have signed up to part of the initiative, assisting participating schools with tracking their progress and delivering bags to area Albertson’s grocery stores as the program’s collection partner. Lafayette Consolidated Government City-Parish Hall and Public Works’ administrative building will also serve as collection sites for the program. Lafayette Parish elementary and middle schools interested in signing up for the Plastic Bag Roundup Challenge are asked to email lmahoney@lafayettela.gov by Dec. 1.

Aluminum Can Recycling, November 15 - April 22  – This year, PFY also hopes to transform occasional recyclers into everyday recyclers. Through a partnership with Louisiana Scrap Metal, citizens can recycle aluminum cans in support of Project Front Yard initiatives. Beginning on America Recycles Day through Earth Day on April 22, citizens and businesses are encouraged to collect and drop off aluminum cans at Louisiana Scrap Metal, mentioning the collection is in support of Project Front Yard. All funds raised through the aluminum can recycling during this period will support Project Front Yard’s community beautification projects like tree plantings, litter cleanups and public art projects. 
 
For more information on these events and initiatives reminding citizens of the importance of recycling and reusing, please contact Skyra Rideaux, Project Front Yard Coordinator, at srideaux@lafayettela.gov or 337.291.8306.