On America Recycles Day, TOMRA Helps Connecticut Students Learn About Recycling for America's Water Future

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2016

DERBY, CONN. — With a goal of encouraging recycling to reduce the amount of solid waste in local watersheds and waterways, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Kellogg Environmental Education Center is teaming up with TOMRA and the Project WET Foundation to hold a series of teacher workshops and recycling-themed school festivals. The first festival is planned for fourth and fifth graders at Hopeville School in Waterbury on America Recycles Day, November 15th.

“At TOMRA, we’re dedicated to the proper collection and handling of used beverage containers, which helps keep them out of our watersheds,” said Ernie Argenio, senior vice president – sales and marketing, TOMRA of North America. “By educating future generations about recycling and how it’s connected to water conservation, we can help encourage people to not only think about if they’re recycling, but how they’re recycling. We’re proud to be part of the incredible work that both the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Project WET do.”

The festival and follow-up educational resources will provide students with information to take home and share with families and friends to encourage recycling. Recycling protects waterways in Connecticut and beyond by keeping solid waste off the land and out of rivers and streams, while also conserving natural resources. Connecticut is working to increase recycling rates to 60 percent by the year 2024. Educational outreach can increase local action in recycling efforts, make connections between recycling and water conservation and inspire youth to conserve natural resources.

Sponsored by Shelton-based recycling solutions provider TOMRA as part of their support for the America’s Water Future campaign of the Project WET Foundation, the November 15th festival is the first of four such events that will be held over the next few months. The Kellogg Environmental Center is also interested in identifying other schools interested in participating in professional development and educational support to improve recycling in schools or homes.

In the run-up to the first festival, two teacher workshops were held in Derby on November 1st and 8th. Participating teachers were trained to use Project WET’s interactive water education lessons, with an emphasis on activities that help students rethink how we handle waste, protect water resources and reduce impacts through recycling. Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, (DEEP) has been the state implementing partner for Project WET for 25 years, bringing water education to schools, informal education centers and youth group educators statewide through workshops, festivals and webinars.

About TOMRA Systems ASA: TOMRA creates sensor-based solutions for optimal resource productivity – helping our customers increase their financial results and reduce their environmental impact. TOMRA was founded on an innovation in 1972 that began with the design, manufacturing and sale of reverse vending machines for automated collection of used beverage containers. Today TOMRA continues to innovate and provides cutting-edge solutions within two main business areas: Collection Solutions (reverse vending, material recovery and compaction) and Sorting Solutions (recycling, mining and food sorting). TOMRA has 170,000 installations in over 80 markets. The Group employs 2,500 people globally and is publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: TOM). For further information, please visit www.tomra.com.

About the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Kellogg Environmental Education Center: The Kellogg Center is located in Derby CT and serves as an outreach education facility for CT DEEP through the State Parks Division. As an environmental educator Susan Quincy serves as the state coordinator of Project WET workshops and materials. Through professional development and outreach to schools, youth groups, individuals and informal educators, CT DEEP provides contextual information on conservation and protection of resources to increase environmental literacy. For more information on educational opportunities, go to www.ct.gov/deep.

About the Project WET Foundation and America’s Water Future: Since 1984, the Project WET Foundation has been dedicated to reaching children, parents, teachers and community members with action-oriented water education to enable every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. Project WET ("WET" stands for "Water Education for Teachers") is active in all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries worldwide. America’s Water Future, a 10-year campaign of the Project WET Foundation, seeks to support effective water education and develop the next generation of responsible water stewards. www.projectwet.org www.americaswaterfuture.org

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