MOLINE -- Three residents, a corporation and Mayor Don Welvaert were honored Tuesday by the Keep Moline Beautiful Commission, with a Recycle Super Hero award.
Mayor Welvaert, who is not seeking re-election, was surprised by the award presented before the city council meeting.
According to the commission, the mayor was deserving for his advocacy during two terms in office, which led to Moline receiving the Governor's Sustainability Award last week.
The commission said that in 2007 Mayor Welvaert began the process to establish curbside recycling in Moline, and assembled a group of local educators passionate about recycling who became the Blue Can Group.
"Together, they worked diligently to educate the community about the upcoming service and on March 31, 2008, curbside recycling began in the city," the commission stated in a news release.
In the past four years, 17 million pounds of plastics, glass and paper have been recycled through Moline's curbside program.
In October 2008, the Keep Moline Beautiful Commission was organized under the direction of Mayor Welvaert. The commission promotes recycling and city-wide beautification efforts, and does community outreach and education with the Blue Can Group.
Mayor Welvaert's efforts have resulted in the city receiving national recognition as a leader in sustainability and environmental initiatives, according to the commission.
Also recognized as Recycle Super Heroes Tuesday were: -- Gary Kerofsky. Mr. Kerofsky isan activist for neighborhood clean-ups and organizes family, friends and neighbors for the Great American Cleanup each year, and works closely with city staff to ensure everything is processed for recycling. Mr. Kerofsky collects recyclables when he is out and takes it to the city's recycling center.
--Pam Lohman. Ms. Lohman makes recycling a priority at home, work or any place she goes. She challenges everyone to do more. If she is some place where recycling is not available, Ms. Lohman takes the recyclables home to recycle. She has her family bring home excess paper, programs and cardboard boxes from events they attend.
-- Nancy Edlund. Ms. Edlund is a long-timemember of the Rock Island County Home and Community Association, was county home board secretary and became creative recycling director.In 2000, the county home and community association launched a recycling booth at the Rock Island County Fair. Ms. Edlundcoordinates work days wherekits and other things are assembled to be given away at the recycling booth. She also goes with friends to the Homemaker's Craft Camp in Sterling every year to show others how to make crafts out of recycled items.
-- John Deere Seeding Division. The division has more than doubled its recycling in the past year. In the first 11 months of fiscal 2011, it generated 414.6 tons of waste and recycled 87.2 tons of cardboard, plastics, and paper -- a recycling rate of 21 percent. In the first 11 months of fiscal 2012, the division generated 389.4 tons of waste, and recycled 140 tons of cardboard, 59 tons of plastic, and 6.5 tons of paper -- a recycling rate of 53 percent.
The Recycle Super Hero awards are given out annually by the commission. The winners are nominated by people in the community.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.