Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recently visited Edmondson Village to celebrate Baltimoreans who have recycled 50,000,000 pounds of waste since the start of One PLUS ONE collections last July.

Flanked by huge pallets of recycled materials at the Edgewood/Lyndhurst Recreation Center, Mayor Rawlings-Blake praised residents who helped the city reach this impressive achievement. “We could not have reached this milestone without the citizens of Baltimore making the right choice and making the effort to recycle. So today, we say, ‘Thank you, Baltimore’ and congratulations on recycling 50,000,000 pounds,” Rawlings-Blake told the crowd.

Jean Allen, president of the Edgewood Neighborhood Association and Cynthia Shaw, president of the Lyndhurst Neighborhood Association were also on hand and reiterated the mayor’s statements.

According to Cleaner Greener Baltimore, an initiative that seeks to promote environmental improvement, the Edmondson Village Community has shown the largest improvement in recycling since the city moved to collecting trash and recycling once a week. During this time, recycling collections across Baltimore city have increased over 50 percent.

AFRO Publisher John J. Oliver joined the mayor and mentioned the company’s Clean-Green Block Campaign, the oldest urban environmental program in the nation. In 2007, the campaign partnered with the city and Cleaner Greener Baltimore.