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Eagles Player Connor Barwin tackles recycling on SEPTA

Manuel McDonnell Smith
Public Information Manager

During your next visit to a SEPTA railroad or subway station, be prepared to hear a new voice over the public address system - Philadelphia Eagles Player Connor Barwin's. His message will sound a bit different from your usual station announcer, but then again, most of us are used to only seeing power plays made by Barwin. Last season, he racked up a series of career highs including 82 tackles. Now in a major off-season move, he's making another big play - not for the record books, but for recycling.

"Hi SEPTA Riders, this is Connor Barwin from the Philadelphia Eagles. I recycle and so should you. Just toss recycling items wherever you see a blue recycling logo on a bin. And remember, please no food. Thanks for supporting SEPTA's sustainability program and keeping Philadelphia green," is the announcement you 'll hear him say at a SEPTA station near you. Barwin is bringing attention to the blue-tinged signs and bags that indicate that it's safe to toss recyclable materials inside. Nearly every station on our rail system has a designated container to collect recyclable materials. In fact, you may have already noticed the new recycling receptacles on the Broad Street Line, Norristown High Speed Line, and at 69th Street and Frankford Transportation Centers. At Frankford Transportation Center, SEPTA is piloting a new recycling/trash combination unit design which, if effective, could become the standard for system-wide implementation. Improvements are also coming to the Regional Rail system. By the end of spring 2014, each station will be equipped with at least one recycling receptacle for passenger use. The more that people make use these receptacles to dispose of reusable materials reduces the amount of waste that has to be cleaned and collected across the system, which could add up to major savings that could be potentially be reinvested in service improvements and system upgrades.

In a report that will be released later this month, SEPTA will issue its annual sustainability report which will show that our riders are already used to making their own recycling rebounds, to the tune of more than 800 tons. And that's a year-round record that shows off our efforts to keeping the entire Delaware Valley environment green.

"Riders who choose transit, and then recycle while riding are scoring a touchdown for the environment," said SEPTA's General Manager Joe Casey. "From Connor's own subway and bus commutes to and from Center City and NovaCare complex, he already knows how much mass transportation contributes to a cleaner planet for us all. Having him come in to record this announcement to be shared with all of our riders is a natural extension of our ongoing partnership with Barwin and the Philadelphia Eagles".


Eagles Player Connor Barwin poses with SEPTA Chief Control Center Officer Jim Fox.



Chief Control Center Officer Jim Fox shows Barwin a real-time rail operations map.



Barwin takes a seat at a railroad announcers panel in the SEPTA Control Center.



Connor Barwin makes a recording regarding recyling for playback on the SEPTA Station Audio System.



A look at the new trash/recycling receptacle protoype at Frankford Transportation Center.