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Take part in America Recycles Day

Posted: Monday, Nov 12th, 2012


Ogle County Solid Waste Management

OGLE COUNTY — Thursday, Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day, and across the nation thousands of local events will be held to promote recycling in the United States. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have held activities on this day to improve recycling awareness, commitment and action.

Today’s national recycling rate for municipal solid waste stands at roughly 34 percent. At this rate, recycling is a multi-billion dollar industry that employs millions of Americans and helps advance our clean energy economy. Much of this cannot happen without public participation in recycling programs. Through the simple act of recycling and buying recycled products, consumers can create the momentum that builds markets and fills the supply chain of recycled (raw) materials that can help fuel our economy.

However, there is more opportunity. According to a report published by the nonprofit organization As You Sow, it is estimated that the value of just discarded packaging in 2010 in the U.S. is worth more than $11 billion.

For the complete article see the 11-11-2012 issue.

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