Recycling Team gathers before taking to the streets at the Taste of Bethesda October 3, 2009.

Recycling Team gathers before taking to the streets at the Taste of Bethesda October 3, 2009.

Among many of the wonderful highlights from the past weekend’s launching of the Bethesda Green Education Center and Green Business Incubator — a three-day celebration that included a ribbon-cutting ceremony October 1, hundreds of  visitors to our Open House showcase,  and recognition from Gov. Martin O’Malley — was the extraordinary effort by our Bethesda Green Recycling Team of high school volunteers.

Led by Volunteer Coordinator Rosalie Grazzini,  the team helped with recycling during the Taste of Bethesda street festival October 3, gathering discarded paper and cardboard in large laundry carts (pictured above) provided by Perfect Settings.   Moving their carts from block to block behind restaurant booths and weaving among the estimated 40,000 Taste of Bethesda attendees, the recycling team collected a flat bed truck full of paper and cardboard and 30 trash bags full of plastics — an enormous volume of waste detoured from the landfill.

The large turnout of students made an impressionable impact on both the vendors and the patrons, raising awareness of the commitment needed to sustain this important environmental movement.   Great job!

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