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Lakes At Red Rock Residents Celebrate Recycling Contest Win

Written by Leesburg Today
Published: May 6, 2013

Residents of the Lakes at Red Rock neighborhood in Leesburg Saturday celebrated their winning effort representing Virginia in a national recycling competition and received a $100,000 grant that will be used to make their community clubhouse more energy efficient.

The neighborhood joined SC Johnson’s Green Choices Recycling Challenge last year and competed with communities from 49 other states to get residents focused on reducing waste and increasing recycling. The competition took place from July through December 2012 and the Lakes at Red Rock reported the highest level of recycling participation.

Under the program Red Rock’s recycling committee provided education on what items could be recycled and worked with the HOA’s waste contractor Republic Services to make recycling easier. Residents logged in to the Recyclebank website to report their recycling efforts.

HOA board member Jill Beesley said residents quickly lined up behind the program and community moved to the top of the rankings. “We continued to lead the nation in recycling month after month,” she recalled.

Del. Randy Minchew (R-10) was on hand for Saturday’s presentation of the grant. “The reward is what you did,” Minchew said. “You set a good example for the children. You showed them you can win a national competition.”

With the $100,000 grant the HOA plans to sustainably renovate the neighborhood community center, including a deep energy retrofit the center to a solar powered, energy efficient building.

“Recycling is one of the easiest things an individual or community can do to help the environment. The efforts by the Lakes at Red
Rock are a prime example of how recycling is a gateway to larger green choices and fostering long-term behavior change,” Kate Durkin, vice president at Recyclebank, said. “Their commitment to the environment has paid off and we are excited to see their grant proposal come to fruition as they work to retrofit the community center and reduce its carbon footprint.”

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