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District 8 pulls ahead in Austin Recycles Games

Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Nora Ankrum

The last time we heard from the Austin Recycles Games, District 10 had turned the tide, pulling ahead of District 8 in the competition among City Council districts to recycle the most trash. Well, apparently District 8 doesn’t like being in second place. It has resumed its No. 1 spot (with an average of 196.22 pounds recycled per household since the competition began in November), once again trading places with District 10 (averaging 188.65 pounds). According to a statement from Austin Resource Recovery, which is hosting the contest, both of the leading districts are by far exceeding the contest’s per-household goal of 60 pounds per month. However, the average for all districts in February was only 45 pounds per household per month – down 6 percent from October 2015, the month before the contest began. There’s still a little bit of time for the contestants to recover, however, with the contest continuing through the end of the month. Districts are competing against one another not just to see which can recycle the most overall but also which can most dramatically improve its recycling record. Each category’s winners – to be announced on April 23 – will be awarded a beautification project for a park or library.

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