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Hanover Township receives Green-T Award for Innovative Community Recycling Program | Trib local

Tue October 14, 2014

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USAgain, the textile recycling company based in West Chicago, IL, has announced the winners of its annual Green-T Awards. Hanover Township, recipient of the award for Innovative Community Recycling Program, was one of the 15 award winners.

The Green-T awards are to recognize and reward individuals or organizations that support recycling and sustainability in Illinois. The awards were presented Oct. 7 at the Green-T Awards ceremony where P. Craig Ochoa, Township Highway Commissioner, accepted the award on behalf of the township.

The township has welcomed clothes and shoes recycling into the community by adding these items in their annual Recycling Extravaganza and collected 1,815 pounds of textiles for recycling. The Recycling Extravaganza celebrates its fifth year of success as comprehensive recycling drive for the community. The township also offers multiple recycling centers.

"We are honored and humbled by USAgain's choice to recognize the Township," said Ochoa. "Our recycling event continues to grow in popularity and we are glad to see so many of our residents using the Township as a resource to dispose of many of their items through our environmentally friendly vendors."

By recycling 1,815 pounds of textiles, the team saved more than 12,600 pounds of CO¬2 from entering the atmosphere; they also saved more than 2.4 million gallons of water through their commitment to recycling. The Hanover Township serves as a role model for communities in Illinois and across the country.

"We love working with communities to spread the message about textile recycling," CEO of USAgain Mattias Wallander said. "The Hanover Township collected an incredible amount of textiles in just one day. We congratulate them on this feat and hope they continue to recycle in the future."

Other recipients of USAgain's Green-T Awards include Agassiz Elementary, Hanover Township, Chicago Sky and Environmental Defenders of McHenry County. For a full list of award recipients, visit http://www.usagaingreentawards.com/winners.