To celebrate last month’s America Recycles Day, Delaware North’s team at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) held several events to promote recycling at work and in the community.

Local high school students participate in an America Recycles Day event at the Delaware North operated Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

On Nov. 6 and 7, Delaware North collaborated with Jacobs Technology for an event at which local high school students turned used plastic bags into yarn. The event was held under the Space Shuttle  Atlantis at KSCVC, and the students created 47 pounds of plastic yarn, known as “plarn,” in two days.

The plarn was donated to a local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) organization, where volunteers knit it into sleeping mats for homeless veterans.

KSCVC’s “Green Team” also held an office supply collection to gather old supplies that were cluttering the work area. Boxes were set out in the office areas so departments could clean out closets, file cabinets, and drawers. The Green Team sorted the items and set them out for employees to claim instead of ordering new supplies. Approximately 300 pounds of office supplies were collected in the event, and items not re-purposed will be donated to local schools.

Delaware North associates at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex remove clutter from work spaces.

On Nov. 14 and 15, Delaware North assisted NASA and other contractors in a two-day Goodwill collection at KSCVC. Locations were established where employees could drop off their donations from home, including an unmanned Goodwill truck staged all week in the employee parking lot. In total, 10,736 pounds of electronics, housewares and textiles were collected and donated to charity.