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At a free recycling drive held Saturday, Nov. 12 at the North Hills Shopping Center in Raleigh, N.C., the first 500 people in line each received a free Harris Teeter reusable bag. The drive was held to mark America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized observance and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. America Recycles Day was first observed in 1997.
At the drive , volunteers collected such recyclables as electronics (anything with a cord); rigid plastics (plastic buckets, toys, lawn furniture, 2 feet in length and 40 pounds or less); paper shredding (three-box limit per person); and plastic bags and film (clean, grocery, retail, newspaper, dry cleaning and toilet paper, paper towel, napkin and electronic wraps). Participants remained in their vehicles.
Besides Harris Teeter, which was on hand to collect plastic bags and film, Hartsville, S.C.-based Sonoco Recycling collected rigid plastics, Mississauga, Ontario-based ProShred offered paper shredding and Madison, N.C.-based Synergy collected electronics. Event organizers and supporters included the city of Raleigh, Wake County, North Hills, Clear Channel and ProShred.
A subsidiary of Ruddick Corp., Matthews, N.C.-based Harris Teeter employs more than 24,000 associates and operates 206 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.