by NewsChannel 36 Staff
Posted on June 18, 2010 at 5:42 PM
STANLY COUNTY, N.C. -- Two North Carolina towns aim to encourage recycling and breast cancer awareness in one fell swoop, with pink recycling bins.
The program is called the “In the Pink” and will raise money for breast cancer research. American Waste Systems provides the pink recycling bins and for every bin they collect, they will donate $5 to breast cancer research.
Oakboro and Locust are the first two towns in the Carolinas where residents will be rolling the brightly colored recycle bins to their curbs.
Oakboro’s Town Clerk, Whitney Mackey, is glad that her community is raising awareness for the disease. She lost her mother to breast cancer last November.
“It was a big blow to everyone in the family," she explains. “We championed through it and she fought like crazy.”
Mackey says the new recycling bins would make her mom proud. “My mom would be so excited,” says Mackey. “She'd say, ‘Give me five cans.’”
If you don't live in Oakboro or Locust you can still participate in the program and buy a can for $60, and $19 will go directly to breast cancer research.