CNM Volunteers Spread Word About Recycling at National Hispanic Cultural Center Event

February 21, 2017 -- CNM volunteers spread the word about recycling during a Valentine’s Day event, “Latin Love Fest,” at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC). The night was filled with music, dancing and performances.
February 21, 2017

The volunteers spent the evening educating event-goers about recycling and taking questions about what is recyclable and what’s not. During dance breaks, information on recycling and CNM’s recycling efforts were announced over the microphone. 

 The CNM volunteer efforts during the evening were part of CNM’s participating in the national RecycleMania Tournament. Students from CNM faculty member Marissa Jaurez’s technical writing class made flyers for the Latin Love Fest that explained what can and can’t be recycled while emphasizing the importance of recycling.                                                                                                                                      

For the entire evening, CNM volunteers were stationed next to recycling bins and trash receptacles, directing where items should be tossed. The CNM efforts were welcomed by the event coordinators and community members who applauded after every recycling announcement.

At the end of the evening, CNM volunteers assisted in cleanup and made sure that all remaining items that had not yet been tossed were put into the correct bins.

“It's safe to say the night was a huge success, said Maria DeBlassie, a CNM faculty member who coordinated much of the work.  “During cleanup we found that the trash bins weren't very full because everything that could be recycled was in our recycling bins. For every one bag of trash, we had roughly three bags of uncontaminated recycling. We were even able to have a volunteer take the glass bottles home for recycling.” 

The NHCC and Latin Dance Festival (LDF) sponsored the event.