Plastics makers help visitors recycle at the Aquarium of the Pacific

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(L to R) American Chemistry Council Western Regional Manager Sherri McCarthy, Long Beach City Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, State Senator Alan Lowenthal.

(L to R) American Chemistry Council Western Regional Manager Sherri McCarthy, Long Beach City Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, State Senator Alan Lowenthal.

New bins offer additional recycling opportunities at Long Beach aquarium

The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific and the plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) will provide more recycling opportunities to aquarium visitors.

As part of the program, ACC will provide a total of eight recycling bins to the aquarium. The bins will be decorated with images of marine life and educational messages reminding visitors about the importance of recycling as part of the overall solution to keeping our ocean and beaches clean.

“The ACC’s recycling bins stand out from our others by providing us with another important teaching tool. The ocean images depicted on them allows us to remind our visitors how this everyday act can help protect ocean life,” said Dr. James B. Wood, Aquarium of the Pacific Director of Education.

This is not the first time the two groups have joined forces. ACC was a partner in the creation of the recent Aquarium exhibition, Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific. ACC is excited to once again work with the aquarium.

“The Aquarium of the Pacific is home to many forms of marine life, and we all must do what we can to protect them,” said ACC Manager of State Affairs Sherri McCarthy. “Learning to reduce, reuse and recycle is an important way all of us can make a difference for the environment. Much of what ends up as litter and debris shouldn’t be trash at all because it is valuable, recyclable material.”

The aquarium is the latest partner to become part of a statewide recycling awareness campaign, “Plastics. Too Valuable to Waste. Recycle.(SM),” which has found success in a variety of areas. The campaign began in 2008 when representatives from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, ACC and Keep California Beautiful (KCB) launched a recycling program that placed — and continues to maintain — hundreds of permanent and seasonal recycling bins at State Parks sites in the Los Angeles and Central Coast areas. For more information, see www.2valuable2waste.com.

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