Opinion

March 20, 2013

Liz Swafford: Recycling Ben advances to The Final Four

What a way to start the week! I was greeted early Monday morning with the news that our local recycling mascot Recycling Ben has advanced to The Final Four in this year’s Mascot Madness competition hosted by trade publication Waste and Recycling News. Thank you so much for your votes over the last several weeks at www.wasterecyclingnews.com/mascotmadness.

Recycling Ben entered the competition as one of 16 eco-friendly mascots from across the country. The competition was set up in the style of the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, with each mascot being paired up against another mascot for a total of eight matchups in a bracket. The winner of each matchup is determined by the public casting votes online for their favorites.

Here’s the description that accompanies Recycling Ben’s picture on the bracket sheet: “The mascot for the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority’s Target Recycling Program is sporting an unusually large chin and an unusually strong game. He spreads the word about recycling and may leave competitors face-down in a blue bin.”

During round one, Recycling Ben beat a mascot named Zero Hero from California and advanced to the Elite Eight. In round two, our local recycling representative was matched up against mascot Tommy Tomorrow from Illinois. Some 1,700 votes were tallied and Recycling Ben advanced to The Final Four by just 58 votes. Now he’s competing against a hard hat-wearing turtle named Scrappy from Indiana for a spot in the championship.

Voting for the Final Four is open until Tuesday, March 26, at midnight at www.wasterecyclingnews.com/mascotmadness through a short two-question survey. You can vote for Recycling Ben multiple times a day, every day. I know I’m going to vote every day, too. Good luck, Recycling Ben! We’re crossing our fingers so you’ll advance to the championship round.

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