July 5-12, 2004

Shell Canada hosts second Re-use Extravaganza

CALGARY, ALTA-Shell Canada's second corporate Re-use Extravaganza, held June 21 and 22, yielded more than 2,300 kilograms of recycled household items benefiting the Calgary Inter-faith Food Bank, the Mustard Seed and the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre, as well as the environment. A Re-use Extravaganza is an innovative collection event which helps local agencies obtain reusable household items ranging from egg cartons to bicycles. Shell employees checked posted lists of items needed by eight local agencies, and over two mornings they filled the Shell lobby with plastic bags, clothing, office supplies, and a variety of other items. The items were weighed to estimate the total amount of material potentially diverted from landfill. The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre received the most items by weight. The idea for the Re-use Extravaganza came from the Garbage Fairs held in Edmonton since 1992. Clean Calgary Association brought -the first Reuse Extravaganza to Calgary in April 2000. Shell Canada was the first business to host a Re-use Extravaganza in 2003. More information is available from Gina Ockey at Shell Canada, 403/691-2071, E-mail gina.ockey@shell.com.
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