On November 15, 2008, Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed a proclamation encouraging folks to increase recycling at home, at school and at work. In addition, he challenged that each person strive to purchase products made from recycled materials.
The proclamation and encouragement stemmed from America Recycles Day, which is celebrated every year, nation-wide. It serves to remind everyone of the benefits of recycling on the economy and the environment.
“Floridians must be active partners with government and the private sector in reducing waste by reusing, recycling, composting and buying recycled products,” said Mary Jean Yon, Director of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Waste Management. “America Recycles Day reminds us all to be good environmental stewards of our nation’s limited resources.”
People can also use America Recycles Day to make a personal pledge to recycle. Again this year, the DEP, Recycle Florida Today, Creative Recycling Systems, Inc. and Publix Super Markets are sponsoring the Florida (K-12) Schools Recycling Pledge Card Contest.
According to the Department of Environmental Protection, in 2006, Florida recycled about 24% of the municipal solid waste collected.
Making products from recycled materials also uses less energy. For example, it takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials, and making recycled steel reduces energy consumption by 60% while making recycled plastics reduces energy by 70%.
The DEP says certain plastics are some of the most commonly recycled products. Products labeled with a 1 or 2 of 7 are recycled most often because they have the largest market for being made into new materials and products.
For more information on America Recycles Day 2009 or what items are able to be recycled in your area, click on the links below.