A nonprofit organization and the city of Manassas are working hand in hand to educate and engage residents to take responsibility for improving the community and the environment of their city.
The recycling coordinator, Monica Boehringer, says they strive to increase litter prevention, reduce waste through recycling and improve the city’s clean beauty.
She says residents will notice a cleaner public park, 10 public space recycling bins and the use of portable ashtrays for cigarette smokers.
“Here in the city of Manassas, we have quite a few programs going on. One that I am very excited about that just happened. Keep America Beautiful has just given us a grant to place recycling containers at the baseball complex. Now in summer, everyone is enjoying themselves, going to a good baseball game and they are drinking a lot, lots of water bottles and so they recycle! The water bottle is the most recycled item in the world,” said Boehringer.
Officials say, now residents have the resources to help their environment in a simple way, thanks to a grant made possible by the Dr. Pepper Snapple group, and the Keep America Beautiful organization.
“It is a positive thing. Recycling shouldn’t be a punishment, it should be a celebration of the thing we do together to make our environment better,” said Boehringer.