Gov. John Baldacci has proclaimed Nov. 8-15 Maine Recycles Week.

According to a press release from the Maine State Planning Office, during this week, citizens are asked to raise public awareness toward recycling in their communities and to promote the purchase of products made from recycled materials.

Baldacci’s proclamation heralded the success of Mainers in their efforts to recycle and emphasized the need to increase efforts. This is the 12th year of celebrating recycling efforts through Maine Recycles Week.

Recycling programs and opportunities are available to more than 98 percent of the state’s population. The thrust of Maine Recycles Week is to get everyone effectively and efficiently participating in recycling programs.  

Home is where recycling happens; the motivation and promotion often start in schools.

During Maine Recycles Week, schools can compete in statewide competitions for promoting recycling in their communities. Cash awards will be given to the schools and classes that demonstrate creative prowess in providing recycling opportunities.

Many schools incorporate the competitive poster contest into class plans; students can submit posters to participate in the statewide poster competition. Last year, more than 1,800 posters were submitted with the hope of being selected for the next year’s Maine Recycling Calendar.

In some communities, members of the local recycling committee and transfer station managers visit schools and speak about recycling in classrooms.  

The town of Kennebunk’s Energy and Efficiency Committee will have information about recycling for residents at Hannaford, one of 18 sponsors of Maine Recycles Week and its outreach efforts.

Other Premium Sponsors are the Androscoggin Valley Counsel of Governments, Baker Commodities, Maine Resource Recovery Association, the State Planning Office, Penobscot Energy Recovery Company, and Poland Spring.

At the Champion and Support levels of sponsorship are: Aggregate Recycling Corporation, Auburn Share Center, Casella Waste Systems, CPRC Group, Maine Turnpike Authority, L.L. Bean, Waste Management Inc., Bath Iron Works, Boralex, Northern Maine Development Commission, and One Steel.

More than 4,000 Maine Recycles Week 2010 posters have been distributed to municipal offices, schools and businesses throughout the state. Logos of the “Maine Recycling” and the “Got Your Bags, Maine?” campaigns share this year’s Maine Recycles Week poster and calendar.

For more information, visit recyclemaine.com.