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Bobcats Unveil Green Jerseys

Bobcats Sports & Entertainment (BSE) President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield announced today the team would wear green uniforms for the final two home games of the regular season as part of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) inaugural Green Week initiative. The uniforms represent BSE’s commitment to the Recycle and Win program, recently launched in Mecklenburg County by Bobcats corporate partners Coca-Cola Consolidated and Harris Teeter.

"When fans see our green uniforms, we want them to think about the environment and the things they can do to make our community a better place in which to live and work," said Whitfield. "That effort really starts at home, and the Recycle and Win program can be the first step for many in developing new ‘green’ habits that can help us sustain our planet and become better stewards of our natural resources."

Designed to increase curbside recycling rates in the greater Charlotte area, the Recycle and Win program rewards residents who utilize red “Curb It” recycling bins adorned with a “give it back” sticker. More than 270,000 stickers were mailed to single family homes in Mecklenburg County in February, and Coca-Cola Recycling Prize Patrols drive through Mecklenburg County neighborhoods every week identifying program participants and rewarding those they see with $50 gift cards to Harris Teeter. Members of the Bobcats dance team, the Lady Cats, and team mascot Rufus Lynx will join the Prize Patrol later this month as the program hands out $26,000 worth of gift cards over the course of the year.

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Bobcats Recycling Tips
  • Quenching your thirst? Recycle your aluminum can instead of just throwing it away. One recycled aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt light bulb for nearly a whole day; and recycling a glass bottle saves enough energy to run the television for three hours!
  • Stopping for a snack? Take only one napkin when you order food or beverages, and refuse a bag unless you really need one. If every household replaced just one pack of regular napkins with 100 percent recycled napkins, we could save one million trees!
  • Need to print something? Don't print email messages unless necessary. Work on drafts electronically, instead of working on paper. If you must print, be sure to always print two-sided, don't print unnecessary copies, and recycle the paper after you use it.
  • Take reusable cloth bags for grocery shopping.
  • Buy large jugs of water, juice and sodas, rather than individual serving-size containers.
  • Reduce waste by using a reusable water bottle or coffee mug at work.
  • Do your part at work by taking bottles, cans and paper home to your recycling bin or start an office recycling program.
  • Use boxes in your home to collect recyclables - consider one box for newspapers, another for glass, cans and plastic bottles, and a third for mixed paper (cereal boxes, cardboard, envelopes, white paper, catalogs, etc.)
  • Get to know your plastic. Since the late 1980's, many plastic products have been labeled with one of seven codes, indicating the material they're made from. These are the familiar numbers and letters inside the arrows found on the bottom of plastic containers. The most commonly recycled types are No.1-PET and No.2-HDPE, while the other five are much less likely to be collected. Choose plastics that can be recycled in your community!
  • Recycle at the Curb
  • No. 1 and No. 2 plastic bottles (milk jugs, liquid detergent containers, soft drink bottles, shampoo bottles, etc.)
  • Newspapers, magazines, telephone books and catalogs
  • Spiral paper cans without wax
  • Glass
  • Junk mail
  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Mixed paper
  • Cardboard, 3x3 squares (except in Cornelius)
  • Gift wrap
  • Do NOT Put in Recycling Bin
  • Regular household garbage
  • Wax-coated paper products
  • Plastic bags (can be returned to your local Harris Teeter)
  • Styrofoam
  • Packing materials
  • Food-contaminated paper products
  • Pizza boxes
  • Old clothing (consider donating these to a charitable organization)
  • Small appliances
  • Hazardous materials (see list at www.wipeoutwaste.com)
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