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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2008 8:38 pm | Updated: 9:43 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Grant jump-starts city's recycling programs

Mesa will re-energize recycling programs at a popular spring training stadium as well as in schools, thanks to a grant the city received this week.

Grant jump-starts city's recycling programs

Mesa will re-energize recycling programs at a popular spring training stadium as well as in schools, thanks to a grant the city received this week.

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The city was awarded a $61,000 community recycling grant from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The grant will fund Mesa's Recycling for the Masses program, which focuses on recycling projects at Mesa Unified School District schools and provides recycling at Hohokam Stadium, where the Chicago Cubs train in the winter.

The city will use the money to buy more barrels and containers, signs and promotional materials to encourage recycling. ADEQ funded a total of $370,386 of grants for city recycling programs throughout Maricopa County, including those in Tempe and Fountain Hills.

Beth Lucas, (480) 898-6373

Ambassadors at the ready to clean up graffiti

Downtown Mesa property owners who have become graffiti victims have some reprieve.

Clean Sweep Ambassadors of the Downtown Mesa Association, an entity dedicated to promoting the area, are on hand to brush over the damage.

Owners needing help can call the association at (480) 890-2613.

Sonu Munshi (480) 898-6418

Public urged to support libraries by recycling

Mesa is urging residents to help support its city libraries by recycling. Recycling efforts through June 2009 could raise up to $25,000 to support the Mesa Public Library through the Recycle for Reading Program.

Every pound of material Mesa residents recycle over last year's total through June will result in a contribution to the library budget to go toward the purchase of new materials. Residents can take part by using the city's blue bins.

The public is invited to a kick-off event of the Just One More Pound campaign at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Mesa Main Library, 64 E. First St. For more information, call the Mesa recycling hot line at (480) 644-2222 or visit www.cityofmesa.org.

The following items can be thrown into the bins: aluminum and metal cans, glass bottles and jars, newspapers, office paper, junk mail, milk and juice cartons, telephone books, magazines, cardboard and paperboard, plastic bottles, jugs and jars.

Beth Lucas, (480) 898-6373

Child Crisis Center, furniture store team up

The Child Crisis Center has teamed with the 99 Dollar Furniture Store to begin collecting toys, diapers and baby food for Christmas. The Christmas in July event is meant to give the group a head start in case the economy causes a dip in donations in December.

The event lasts the entire month, and will assist children exposed to abuse, neglect or trauma. To encourage donations, The 99 Dollar Furniture Store, 1860 W. Broadway Road, is offering 5 percent off any purchase when customers bring in a donation. For more information about Christmas in July, call (866) 993-8764 or visit www.the99dollarfurniturestore.com.

Beth Lucas, (480) 898-6373

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