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Uploaded on Aug 19, 2011

It's that time of the year again: it's back to school!

If you're anywhere near Mission Viejo then you have got to go to The Shops at Mission Viejo for your back to school clothes. They, in conjunction with the city and Waste Management are offering a Super Recycler award to retailers. That means all of these once were trash and are now being recycled.

Patsy Sanquist is with The Mall and the Simon Property Group. There's so much waste that goes in and out of a retailer and this program is able to divert about quite a few tons of recyclables. Not just cardboard but also plastic, aluminum, anything that's recyclable can go into these gray bins. Retailers appreciate it quite a bit because they want to be green partners as well.

How do they win a Super Recycler award? Patsy said they got a great partner in the city of Mission Viejo and they've been pretty much a leader in recycling, supporting all the businesses in the city of Mission Viejo. So they are the arm and the partner in sponsoring the Recycler program by buying a P125 dollar gift card per quarter and awarding it to the retailer that recycles the most every quarter. And it's not just the retailers here at The Shops in Mission Viejo, it's the retailers within the city of Mission Viejo.

The retailers are competing with other retailers all throughout the city but a lot of The Shops's retailers have won the award. Apple has won, Crate and Barrel, Williamson-Nome has won twice, so it's all a fun competition because they all feel like doing a really great thing for a good cause as well as get rewarded.

Patsy also mentioned The Gap so if you're going to the Gap for some back-to-school clothes as well as any Simon Property around the country, you can go their website, Simon.com, to check it out and be part of this great, great program.

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