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‘Bag Ladies’ recycle 10,000 bottles from weekend marathon

Volunteers from Advanced Disposal Services Inc. collected and recycled 10,000 plastic bottles and aluminum cans during the 26.2 with DonnaMarathon last Sunday in Jacksonville and area beaches. For the third year, the company sponsored the marathon and half-marathon by providing garbage collection and recycling services.

Advanced Disposal partnered with Theta Iota Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha at the University of North Florida to be Beautiful Bag Ladies. Beautiful Bag Ladies were at the post race celebration area to help runners and spectators do their part in “going green” by collecting their recyclables and teaching them about the importance of recycling to keep our community beautiful.

“We joined efforts with the sisters of ZTA because their philanthropic efforts are focused on breast cancer awareness. We soon learned that many of the ladies are also dedicated to preserving the environment, so it was a perfect partnership,” said Mary O’Brien, chief marketing officer for Advanced Disposal. “We strive to leave the world cleaner than we found it, and now, thanks to our Bag Ladies and recycling containers throughout the race course, 10,000 plastic bottles and cans collected will now be diverted from landfills and recycled properly.”

These plastic bottles will be turned into thousands of yards of carpet and even fleece jackets like the ones many of the runners and spectators were wearing Sunday morning to keep warm before the race.

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