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SACRAMENTO, CA (September 28, 2011) - With a donation of 20 new recycling bins, the plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council helped to recycle 2,000 pounds of plastics and 4,500 pounds of other materials during Best Buddies International's recent three-day fundraiser. 

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 40 percent of trash is generated away from home. The fundraiser marks plastics makers' latest effort to help increase access to away-from-home recycling in California's communities.

The 32-gallon recycling bins were used at several events taking place in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties as part of the Best Buddies International annual charity event. Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

"The Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle is one of Best Buddies International's most important fundraisers, and a huge part of the reason that it's been consistently successful is the great contributions of our partners," said J.R. Fry, ride director for the Audi Best Buddies Challenge. "ACC played an important role this year by helping make it possible to recycle the plastic that was used at the event, which went a long way toward our goal of limiting any environmental impacts. There is no reason for water bottles and the like to go into landfills when they can be recycled into so much more, and we appreciated ACC working with us to make that possible."

This year, the Audi Best Buddies Challenge raised more than $4.5 million for Best Buddies Programs and included 1,600 participants.

"We were pleased to contribute to this rewarding event, which creates friendships, job opportunities and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We applaud Best Buddies for making plastics recycling part of the challenge," said Steve Russell , Vice President of the American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division.

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