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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • The Green Space: America Recycles Day

  • I think you would have to be brain-dead to walk through a shopping mall, airport, or school campus anymore and not realize that recycling is a big thing.
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  • I think you would have to be brain-dead to walk through a shopping mall, airport, or school campus anymore and not realize that recycling is a big thing. I am so thrilled to know that Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day!
    On Nov. 15, 2004, George W. Bush issued a presidential proclamation that this day would be America Recycles Day. According to the National Recycling Coalition, America Recycles Day, "is dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle, and buy recycled products."
    The national recycling rate is currently at 34 percent. Recycling seventy-five percent of the nation's waste would create nearly 1.5 million jobs by 2030, according to a report by the Tellus Institute with Sound Resource Management Group, Inc. "Recycling is the easiest thing we can all do to improve our community, conserve natural resources and create green jobs. Collectively, we aim to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year," said Brenda Pulley, Senior Vice President of Recycling at Keep America Beautiful and national program manager for America Recycles Day.
    America Recycles Day is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, and is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Communities across the country have banded together and participated in America Recycles Day on November 15th to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action.
    Through the simple act of recycling and buying recycled products, it is the people that make the choices to close the loop and complete the supply chain of recycled materials that help fuel our economy. You can be one of those that makes a difference. Do you throw all of your aluminum and plastic away? According to a report published by the nonprofit organization, As You Sow, it is estimated that the value of just discarded packaging in the United States is worth over $11 billion.
    If you have ever wondered if you really make a difference with the one aluminum can you throw away, think about it like this. The number of cans recycled every 30 seconds equals the number of people who could fill an entire pro-football stadium. And recycling just one aluminum can saves the equivalent energy of powering a 46-inch LED TV for 3 hours. A glass container can go from the recycling bin to a store shelf in as few as 30 days. The decision you make does matter – make the right choice!
    Visit: www.Americarecyclesday.org
    Events: More Information: http://americarecyclesday.org/join-an-event
    Eyeglasses: www.lionsclub.org
    Athletic shoes, wine corks, old household keys, cell phones, CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps), eyeglasses, Styrofoam, books and phone books, for employees and blood donors of the Community Blood Bank at 4040 Main, KCMO, Today and Friday., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Electronics, Friday, 9 a.m. to noon at Sprint Center Sponsored by: Bridging the Gap
    Page 2 of 2 - Bicycles and Bicycle Accessories, Friday and Saturday,, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Revolve KC Community Bike Shop: collects and refurbishes bicycles year-round at nonprofit bike shops. Then refurbishes and recirculates them through targeted outreaches, 554 Central Ave, KCKS 66101, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 5100 Troost Ave, KCMO 64110 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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