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Washington County Commissioners Proclaim Nov. 15 America Recycles Day

Washington County Commissioners this week proclaimed November 15 as America Recycles Day in Washington County. In the proclamation, the Commissioners encouraged every citizen to take a few minutes on that day to commit to recycling and buying recycled products whenever they can.
            One unique feature of the campaign is the opportunity for people to sign a personal pledge to recycle. The pledge forms can be picked up at several participating organizations or pledges can be made online. The combination of millions of Americans making a commitment can deliver huge benefits to all of us.
            America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven national awareness initiative dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. 
            Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on November 15 to promote environmental citizenship, educate and encourage action. Through America Recycles Day, KAB and our partners empower communities to directly engage their residents in the act of recycling.
            America’s leading companies and organizations support recycling through sponsorships and partnerships with America Recycles Day 2010: American Chemistry Council, Anheuser-Busch, Disney’s Friends for Change, Earth911.com, Naked Juice, Nestle Waters North America, PepsiCo and Waste Management. Partners include: Glass Packaging Institute, Soles 4 Souls, Solid Waste Association of North America and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
            The Washington County Affiliate of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful was created in July 2009. 
            Partnering organizations include the Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation, Washington County Planning Commission, Chartiers Creek Watershed Association, Washington County Watershed Alliance, and the Washington County Conservation District. 
            Since then, eight cleanups have been conducted along with several education and outreach events. 
                The statistics from October 2010: 4.65 tons of trash, 1 ton of scrap, 1,353 tires recycled, 4,900 people educated from the “Litter IQ Board,” Cigarette Litter Prevention Program conducted at Canonsburg Lake, Installed 6 ash receptacles (3 Peters Township side and 3 North Strabane side), Handed out over 400 pocket ash trays to people at the lake, reduced cigarette litter at the lake by approximately 43 percent.


11/15/2010

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