ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today announced the County’s Department of Public Works’ (DPW) Bureau of Environmental Services’ Recycling Division and Tonal Vision LLC have been honored with a Public Service Announcement – Bronze TIVA Peer Award for its “Know Before You Throw: Shop Smarter for the Planet!” video. The woman-owned video and music production company, Tonal Vision LLC, accepted the Bronze award on behalf of both parties for its production of the Bureau’s public service announcement. 

What we choose to buy can have a lasting impact on our environment and planet. When it comes to our food and household item purchases, it really pays to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink.

Calvin Ball
Howard County Executive

The Bureau’s “Know Before You Throw” campaign focuses on creating awareness of recycling and disposal options for everyday items. The campaign’s award-winning educational video promotes sustainable shopping by encouraging Howard County consumers to take into consideration an item’s packaging and whether it is recyclable when shopping. Consumer can learn how to make educated, environmentally-friendly choices with everyday purchases by visiting the Bureau’s “Sustainable Shopping” website.

Being a thoughtful consumer in regard to a product’s packaging and end-of-life is crucial to the protection of our environment. From demystifying confusing ‘eco-labels’ to providing tips on how to reduce and rethink our purchasing habits, the Bureau is committed to providing exceptional outreach and education to our residents.

Mark DeLuca
Deputy Director, Department of Public Works

“We were really excited when Howard County approached us to produce their important recycling message because animated videos are our favorite assignments,” said Jacquie Greff, Tonal Vision President and Producer. “We are so honored to be involved in this award-winning project!”

The Television, Internet & Video Association of DC, Inc.’s (TIVA-DC) Peer Awards acknowledges and celebrates the exceptional quality work created by professionals and non-professionals in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware region. The Peer Awards began in 1997 and continues to be one of the most sought-after awards in its industry. The Bureau and Tonal Vision LLC were recognized, along with the other awardees, during TIVA-DC’s 24th annual TIVA Peer Awards live stream event on October 24th.  

Media Contacts
Gina Van De Walle, Recycling Coordinator

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