NewsBits — America Recycles Day wrap-up edition

NewsBits — America Recycles Day wrap-up edition

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Plastics Make it Possible, a project of the American Chemistry Council, commissioned a survey for America Recycles day that found that only 37 percent of Americans say they're "doing enough for the environment," and less than half (46 percent) say they are "knowledgeable about what it takes to be eco-friendly in my daily life." Two-thirds of Americans say they would like to learn some simple steps that help the planet, and Plastics Make it Possible offers one easy approach: buy recycled.

In celebration of America Recycles Day, Keep California Beautiful and the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) are collaborating on the annual Recycle Rex Recycle Challenge, in which elementary school classes collect and recycle aluminum and plastic California redemption value beverage containers. The contest began on Nov. 15, America Recycles Day, and runs through March 30, 2013. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2013.

The American Beverage Association is honoring America Recycles Day by supporting a pilot project called "Recycle on the Go" in Palm Beach County, Florida, to increase the amount of recycled cans and bottles and decrease the amount of personal waste. This year, ABA is providing funding for "Recycle on the Go" bins as well as project support and assistance for promotion and education components of this project. In addition, ABA will monitor the results of this project and use that information to help establish a best practices-approach to developing public space recycling programs in other communities.

On America Recycles Day, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania announced that more than $2 million was recovered in the state's recycling program, a 9-percent increase from the previous year. The program requires all commonwealth agencies to have recycling programs.

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