AMERICA RECYCLES SUCCESS

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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.