We all know recycling is good—good for the environment, good for our checkbooks, good for... people who work in recycling? Dolphins? Sure. In the early 1990s, however, the perks of recycling weren't as well known as they are today. Recycling needed promotion to raise usage and awareness.
That's where Curby Bucket comes in.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>This. Is. Curby. Bucket. The recycling mascot for Philly. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PMBCBlockCaptainRally&src=hash">#PMBCBlockCaptainRally</a> <a href="http://t.co/sPFF0ALl5Y">pic.twitter.com/sPFF0ALl5Y</a></p>— aine doley (@ainedoley) <a href="https://twitter.com/ainedoley/statuses/315495249394933761">March 23, 2013</a></blockquote>
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The city of Philadelphia created a mascot in the early 1990s to raise awareness for recycling. They named him Curby Bucket. He still exists to this day.
This isn't a joke.
One of my many Phillies followers on Twitter (no, I don't know why) informed me of Curby Bucket's existence just recently. I think it is awesome that a city Kirby Puckett never even played professional baseball in has a mascot (sort of—ok, pretty much) named after him.
Even if it is for a giant can of refuse...