RALEIGH, NC– Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed Nov. 15 as America Recycles Day in North Carolina and is encouraging people to recycle and reuse materials to save money, conserve resources and protect the environment.
“I am excited about what recycling can do for the future of North Carolina’s environment and its economy,” McCrory said. “America Recycles Day is a reminder of how important it is for North Carolinians to recycle wherever and whenever they can, at home, work and play.”
Nationwide, America Recycles Day also falls on Sunday and is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling. The recycling industry is growing in North Carolina and provides more than 17,000 private sector jobs at more than 750 companies statewide. Those companies have an estimated payroll of $442 million a year. Also, local recycling programs recycle more than 1.3 million tons of material annually and continue to expand the kinds of materials diverted from landfills.
State officials with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality say recycling efforts are sometimes hindered when recyclable materials such as cardboard and newspapers are mixed with non-recyclable materials such as Styrofoam cups, straws hoses and liquids. One easy step is to keep loose plastic bags and bagged recyclables out of the recycling bin.
“It’s certainly important people embrace and understand the need to recycle, but it is equally important for the public to recycle in a way that supports its success,” said Scott Mouw, the section chief for the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Recycling and Materials Management program. “Recycling provides valuable supplies to manufacturers to make new products, and doing it the right way helps ensure those manufacturers receive the highest quality materials.”
Many communities in North Carolina are celebrating America Recycles Day with special collection events, educational workshops and community events. People can check with their local recycling programs for events, or visit the America Recycles Day website at www.americarecyclesday.org for a searchable event database.