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Release: Immediate
Date: Nov. 12, 2010
Contact: Scott Mouw
email: Scott.Mouw@ncdenr.gov
Phone: (919) 715-6512

America Recycles Day Being Celebrated Across North Carolina

RALEIGH – North Carolinians will have plenty of opportunities on Monday to celebrate America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. 
A listing of local events that promote recycling and buying recycled goods can be found athttp://p2pays.org/ard.html. The list is periodically updated. Only one-day events known to be open to the public are posted.
“Recycling is not only one of the most powerful ways citizens can protect the environment, it is also increasingly important to creating jobs and growing North Carolina’s economy,” said Scott Mouw, chief of Community and Business Assistance with the N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach.
America Recycles Day in North Carolina is being coordinated by the N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach and Keep NC Beautiful. Locally, a number of groups, including schools, military bases, solid waste departments and businesses, are organizing events.
America Recycles Day will enable the public to learn more about living sustainably by recycling. Some events provide recycling collection for shredded paper, electronics, pesticides and rechargeable batteries. Other activities available at these events include signing the America Recycles Day pledge and creating crafts from reused materials.
North Carolinians can take the special America Recycles Day pledge to recycle and buy recycled at the America Recycles Day websitehttp://www.kab.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ard_homepage. Those who take the pledge are eligible to win a recycled-content prize pack with a recycled rubber garden hose, a purse made from snack packaging, and recycled paper and plastic office and picnic supplies. There are four prize packs for North Carolina.  Prize packs can be seen athttp://www.flickr.com/photos/re3org/sets/72157625094184028/.
“Giving folks a chance to see the impact that recycling makes and how they can be active recyclers and purchasers of recycled content makes for a cleaner and greener North Carolina,” said Brenda Ewadinger, executive director of Keep NC Beautiful.
You can learn more atwww.keepncbeautiful.org.
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