In recognition of Earth Day 2015, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (plasticsindustry.org) demonstrates its leadership and commitment toward helping achieve a litter-free environment by adopting a block as part of Washington DC’s Clean City Initiative.
“Taking part in Washington’s effort to curtail pollution emphasizes SPI’s desire to operate as a national trade association that’s invested in the community,” says William R. Carteaux, SPI president and CEO. “We advocate for responsible management of resources while minimizing the environmental impact – and that starts with our block. Through this program, SPI will collect trash and ensure that what’s suitable for recycling is appropriately separated and recycled.”
SPI recently moved its Washington offices to 1425 K St. NW, located in the heart of downtown DC near the White House and National Mall. Under the Adopt-A-Block Program, SPI will be responsible for cleaning and maintaining the north side of K Street NW, between 14th and 15th streets.
“It’s a privilege to work in a city that takes pride in its appearance and encourages participation among the business and residential communities in maintaining a healthy, livable environment,” Carteaux says. “We recognize that a corporate-government partnership is critical to this effort, therefore we’re proud to enter a relationship with Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office of the Clean City to contribute to the appearance of our nation’s capital.”
“Teamwork between government and citizens is key,” says Wilson Reynolds, director of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office of the Clean City. “By involving residents in each community, we can maintain a beautiful living and business environment. We believe that success begins with one citizen and one community deciding to make a difference, and we welcome SPI to our family of sponsors.”
As part of its commitment to the Adopt-A-Block Program, SPI will be responsible for conducting a quarterly, clean-up day complemented by weekly litter pickups throughout the next two years. The city encourages residents and businesses to become active in neighborhood beautification programs to improve the quality of life in Washington and to work toward discouraging unwanted, illegal activity.
The city will install an Adopt-A-Block sign bearing SPI’s name and logo on the corner of 14th and K streets.