For Immediate Release
KDHE Office of Communications
The tenth annual America Recycles Day is November 15. It is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Each year on this day, hundreds of events are held across the country to raise awareness about the importance of recycling.
“Through recycling we protect our environment and our health, and strengthen our Kansas economy. Thousands of products are recyclable, including paper, yard waste, tires, plastic and obsolete electronic products,” stated Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). “Each of us should look for ways to increase our own levels of recycling.”
Environmental benefits of recycling include conserving energy and natural resources and reducing pollution, including greenhouse gas emissions. Everyday activities – be it reading a newspaper, eating lunch or mailing a package – affect the environment in which we all live.
“Many people don’t realize the full impact they can have as consumers,” stated Bill Bider, Director of the KDHE Bureau of Waste Management . “Buying more recycled and recyclable products and producing less waste that would go to a landfill are just as important as taking items to the recycling center.”
A Mountain to Climb
Each year, Kansans produce around 3.2 million tons of trash (about 1,500 pounds per person per year), which is enough to bury a football field nearly three miles high in garbage. Only about 20 percent of this is recycled.
That mountain will continue to grow unless we drastically change the way we think about waste.
To find the recycling center in Kansas nearest you, please view the Kansas Business & Industry Recycling Program (Kansas BIRP) recycling directory available at www.kansasrecycles.org/. To learn more about America Recycles Day, please visit Americarecyclesday.org.