Monday, November 12, 2012

Sorting It Out: Pitch In for a Greener America

Many Americans like the idea of keeping our country beautiful, but don't know how to help.  What to do? Where to start?  To pitch in for a greener America, try recycling.  

TO GET INVOLVED

Now in its 15th year, National America Recycles Day--sponsored by Keep America Beautiful--will be observed on Thursday, November 15th, 2012. Since 1997 communities across the country have come together on America Recycles Day to educate and motivate people about recycling.

The national recycling rate--now at 34%--has increased every year since 1980.  The trend is definitely positive, but we can
 do better!  An easy way to participate in America Recycles Day and have an impact is to become involved in a community event.  Click the Join an Event tab on the America Recycles Day website (or go directly to http://americarecyclesday.org/join-eventto locate events in your area.
 
Figuring out when, where and how to recycle in your community couldn’t be simpler.  Click the Find Recycling tab at AmericaRecyclesDay.org (or go directly to http://americarecyclesday.org/find-recycling) to reach the easy-to-use Recycling Locator.
At Texas Woman's University, the Department of Facilities Management & Construction has been going green for some time now. You can find campus Recycling Pickup Schedules and information on What Can Be Recycled--plus much more about their new and ongoing Green initiatives--on the FM&C website.    

Also at TWU, faculty and staff members make up the TWU Conservation and Recycling Committee. The purpose of this group is to develop environmental awareness and resource conservation on the TWU campuses by involving students, faculty and staff members and the administration in conservation and recycling programs.

For students, TWU has a special interest organization in the TWU branch of Texas Recycling and Environmentally Ethical Students (TREES.)  For information on how to become involved, check with the TWU Center for Student Development.

TO LEARN MORE
America Recycles Day (http://americarecyclesday.org/)
City of Denton Solid Waste & Recycling (http://www.dentonrecycles.com/) 

Keep America Beautiful (http://www.kab.org)
Keep Texas Beautiful (http://www.ktb.org)
Keep Denton Beautiful (http://www.kdb.org/)

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) (http://recyclingstar.org/)
TWU Facilities Management & Construction (http://www.twu.edu/fmc/)

~Greg Hardin

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