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Take the America Recycles Day pledge
Keep Liberty Beautiful
Thursday, Nov. 15, is America Recycles Day. This is the 10th year for this national day that was created to promote and celebrate recycling.
Through America Recycles Day, the National Recycling Coalition supports the recycling efforts of local communities and raises awareness by educating citizens about the benefits of recycling.
The purpose of America Recycles Day is to continue to promote the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling and to encourage more people to join the movement toward creating a better natural environment.
The reasons to recycle are pretty clear. Way too many people live on Planet Earth now and we create too much waste. We have only a finite supply of certain natural resources, and much of the waste we generate in our modern lifestyles creates substantial toxins that endanger our land, waters, wildlife and aquatic life ... and ourselves.
Many people certainly think recycling is a good thing, but have not taken the first step to incorporate the recycling process in their daily lives. Maybe you are one of those folks and, maybe with a little direction, you might be ready to take that first step.
To learn more, check out the tips on recycling as well as the compelling statistics on the impact of recycling at
If you eat out on Thursday, you may see our America Recycles Day informational placemats at several of our local restaurants. These colorful, kid-friendly information sheets provide information on America Recycles Day and fun facts about recycling. There is even a picture for young artists to color while they are waiting for their meals.
Also our local regional library system has a “floating collection” available of more than 40 books and other resources on recycling for adults and for children. Each of these resources may be accessed by request even if the specific resource is not currently at the branch where the request is initiated. It is quite a collection and something that any of us can enjoy using.  
The Keep Liberty County Beautiful Program is also donating children’s books and resources for adults to the library system this week to commemorate America Recycles Day. These resources will be available in a few weeks for check out after they are registered in the system.

Here are some of the
resources that will be
available soon for adults

• “Save Our Planet: 750 Everyday Ways You Can Help Clean up the Earth/25th Anniversary” by Diane Maceachern
• “The Everything Green Living Book: Easy Ways” by Diane Gow Mcdilda
• “The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists” by Michael Brower
• “Beyond Recycling: A Re-user’s Guide 336 Practical Tips to Save Money and Protect the Environment” by Kathy Stein
• “The Lazy Environmentalist: Your Guide to Easy, Stylish Green Living” by Josh Dorfman

Here are some of
the children’s books

• “Recycled Crafts Box” by Laura C. Martin
• “The Dumpster Diver” by Janet S. Wong. This is a charming book with a great theme of learning to re-use items but, let me make it clear, we are not advocating for anyone to climb into dumpsters...
• “Garbage and Recycling (Young Discoverers: Environmental Facts and Experiments)” by Rosie Harlow
• “Earth Book for Kids: Activities to Help Heal the Environment” by Linda Schwartz
• “Why Should I Recycle?” by Jen Green

I hope you will take advantage of these new informational resources and the other recycling resources available through our local public library. Thanks to our friends at the library for helping promote recycling as well as the local restaurants and schools that are helping us promote recycling by using our America Recycles Day placemats on Thursday.
Part of the focus for America Recycles Day is to encourage people to “take the pledge.”
Here is our local version of the recycling pledge for you:

I pledge to lead by example in my home, my neighborhood, and my workplace by recycling items that I can.
I pledge to recycle common use items, like plastics, aluminum cans, tin cans, glass bottles, newspapers, and magazines.
I pledge to find out what materials I can recycle in my community.
I pledge to recycle batteries, cell phones, computers, and other electronic waste that could create substantial toxins if disposed of in landfills.
I pledge to encourage five friends, neighbors, and coworkers to recycle.

Would you like to do something to make a difference for our planet and for generations to come? If so, then recycling is your answer. Recycling is the easiest thing that each of us can do to reduce our carbon footprint and make a difference for our environment. Choose to recycle because it is the right thing to do!

Important dates to remember
• Nov. 10-18: Time for a 20-minute holiday makeover. Take 20 to clean up around your neighborhood, town, school campus and workplace so we can get Liberty County ready for the holidays. If you need extra garbage bags or pick up for a group project, contact 368-4888 or
• Nov. 15: America Recycles Day. Take the recycling pledge!

For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, contact me at 368-4888 or
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