The following is a press release by the Iowa Recycling Association, an Iowa Environmental Council member organization.
November 15, 2012 is America Recycles Day, and the Iowa Recycling Association is encouraging Iowans and Iowa businesses to learn more about the benefits of recycling. America Recycles Day is a nationally recognized day set aside to celebrate and promote recycling.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a proclamation on November 8, establishing November 15 as America Recycles Day in Iowa. Various organizations, schools and businesses across the state will be holding events throughout the month to celebrate and educate about recycling.
“For Iowans, recycling is not just a day; it’s a way of life,” said Teresa Kurtz, executive director for the Iowa Recycling Association. “As a state, we have a strong history and commitment to recycling and waste reduction.” Kurtz explained that Iowans have recycled 1.2 million tons in Iowa annually, conserving natural resources and creating jobs. “But more can be done. We need more individuals and businesses to understand the importance of recycling and make some more changes in their own procedures,” she added.
Helping to advance a clean energy economy, recycling is a multi-billion dollar industry that employs millions of Americans.
• Iowa’s recycling industry generates more than $2.4 billion in annual industrial output and supports more than 11,400 jobs.
• Nonprofit organization As You Sow estimates that the value of discarded packaging in the U.S. is worth 11.4 billion dollars.
• Recycling 75 percent of the nation’s waste will create nearly 1.5 million jobs by 2030, according to the Tellus Institute.
The Iowa Recycling Association, a network of business, industry and local governments, focuses on advancing effective recycling and recycling-related activities to promote a healthy environment and economy in Iowa.
To find America Recycles Day events happening in your area, visit the Iowa Recycling Association’s website, www.iowarecycles.org .