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Residents urged to take part in paper recycling program


'This is something that the town could really benefit from'



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March 09, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — In an effort to further encourage Southbridge residents to recycle, the Health Department is promoting the statewide Mass Recycles Paper! campaign.

By taking part in the campaign, Southbridge residents go onto thinkreduce.com and pledge to take part in at least three actions. By making the pledge, they are registering for a drawing to win prizes.

"With Southbridge having only a 16 percent recycling rate, this is something that the town could really benefit from," said Kim Grant, Recycling and Solid Waste coordinator for the town. "The state average is 30 percent and the national average is 33 percent, so we really need to work on raising it. This is a great way to get people to recycle more paper, which is extremely important. This is a great incentive for people to take the pledge."

The grand prize is an official NCAA basketball autographed by CBS Sports anchors Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Bill Rafferty and a family four-pack of tickets to Canobie Lake Park. Three grand prizes will be awarded.

The first-place prize is a family four-pack of tickets to Six Flags and Water Country. Ten first-place winners will be awarded. The contest ends Sunday, March 20.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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