*NEWS*AMERICA RECYCLES SUCCESS

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*NEWS*AMERICA RECYCLES SUCCESS

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    America Recycles Success
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as well as officials from various state and local agencies celebrated America Recycles Day 2006 at the State Capital Circle Office Center.
    The annual event encourages Floridians to conserve natural resources, strengthen local economies and create jobs by making a commitment to recycling and purchasing recycled products. “Waste reduction is not only vital to the sustainability of Florida’s natural resources, it also makes economic sense,” said DEP Secretary Colleen M. Castille, “Florida is home to nearly 3,700 recycling and reuse companies, employing 32,000 people and creating an annual payroll of $765 million and $4.4 billion in annual revenues.”Exhibits and activities at the event highlighted the principles of recycling, reusing and reducing waste. Participants competed in “Junk Yard Art” and kid’s recycling contests, and enjoyed papermaking and recycling bingo.Others delivered hardbound books, printer and toner cartridges, cell phones, rechargeable batteries and compact discs for recycling. In addition, DEP, the City of Tallahassee, Leon County and the Florida Department of Management Services provided information and displays for visitors.During the past several months, recycling in Florida has reduced the amount of waste disposed in landfills. The commitment of state employees has resulted in the recycling of almost 626.3 tons of office paper in the Tallahassee state-owned buildings alone during the months of January to September 2006, the equivalent to saving 10,647 trees and 5,634 cubic feet of landfill space. America Recycles Day highlights the importance of protecting the nation’s natural resources and reminds Americans responsibilities as environmental stewards. Last year, nearly 200,000 Americans took the America Recycles Day pledge to prevent and reduce waste.