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by CARMEN BECKER

America Recycles Day came and went without much fanfare last year. Yet it is still a powerful reminder to us not only how far recycling has come since it became a mainstream practice in the 1970s, but also that it still faces significant challenges.

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced that 7 communities are being awarded more than $60,000 in grants to enhance local waste reduction, reuse, and recycling programs.

Four New York colleges and universities will be receiving grants to fund innovative environmental projects as part of the recently completed round of the College Council Grant Program conducted by the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3).

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) will work with industry, government and community partners to achieve a U.S. beverage container recycling rate of 60 percent by 2030.

Philip and Bonnie Haas, owners of Kettle Creek Corp., were awarded the 2015 William M. Heenan, Jr. Recycling Markets Development Award for their commitment to recycling and innovation by The Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, Inc. (RMC).

EnviroVantage of Epping, New Hampshire, an environmental and specialty services contractor, was recently honored by The New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors Association at their annual Excellence In Construction Awards Ceremony with a Merit Award for their work on The Gables Dormitories at The University of New Hampshire.