Kettleman Celebrates America Recycles Day

Kettleman City, Calif.Nov. 9, 2011 – Waste Management Kettleman Hills Facility’s community relations team this week challenged students from Kettleman City Elementary School to a recycling competition making art crafts from reused materials.

The after school program L.I.F.E from West Hills College hosted the judging event that took place Nov. 8, 2011. Students had one month to collect materials and work on their projects before they were judged by a panel of community members and school staff. The project is in honor of America Recycles Day ,Nov. 15, 2011..

“We organized this art contest to help students learn about the importance or recycling and re-using materials in a fun and creative manner,” said Cecilio Barrera, community relations manager for Kettleman Hills Facility.  “The students did not only challenge themselves to deliver amazing projects but also learned an important lesson about recycling.”

The art competition challenged the students to work in teams, closely with their teachers, and put their investigative skills to work while they researched ideas for their creative projects. Twelve art projects entered the competition and two were awarded prizes.   

Waste Management Kettleman Hills Facility will provide a pizza party to the winning classrooms on Tuesday, November 15, to celebrate America Recycles Day.  

“The students learned an important lesson about recycling and had fun working on their projects,” said Patty Hernandez, Site Coordinator of L.I.F.E after school program from West Hills College. “They are already looking forward to next year’s competition.”


Waste Management’s (WM) Kettleman Hills Facility has been an integral part of the Kings County community for more than 28 years. The facility is permitted to handle municipal solid waste and hazardous waste, both of which are heavily regulated, monitored and controlled by more than 10 local, state and federal government agencies. The facility’s staff includes 60 full-time employees, many of whom are active in the community. In addition to its community contributions and significant volunteer efforts, Waste Management provides a benefit to the local economy of more than $17 million annually with a $3.7 million annual payroll. WM also contributes nearly $3 million per year directly to the Kings County General Fund through disposal fees. For more information, visit our website at www.kettlemanhillsfacts.com.