TALLAHASSEE – In recognition of America Recycles Day on November 15,
2010, Florida students are promising to protect Florida’s environment by
committing to recycling as part of the seventh annual Florida K-12 Schools
Recycling Pledge Card Contest.
The contest, announced by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP), Recycle Florida Today, Creative Recycling Systems, Inc. and Publix Super
Markets, is designed to reward the three Florida schools that submit the
greatest number of pledges per capita. By participating in the contest, schools
are encouraging recycling and competing for a chance to win a refurbished
“By starting at a young age and getting involved in recycling, students can
play a major role in helping Florida achieve its recycling goal of 75 percent by
the year 2020,” said DEP Director of Waste Management Mary Jean Yon. “This
contest encourages Florida’s youth to take personal responsibility to manage
waste and demonstrate environmental stewardship at school and at home.”
House Bill 7243, signed into law in 2010 by Governor Charlie Crist,
established a 75 percent recycling goal for counties by 2020, which is the
highest recycling goal of any state in the nation. DEP encourages the public to
assist in reaching this monumental goal by increasing recycling efforts and
By completing the pledge cards, students and residents agree to:
- Renew their personal commitment to recycling, and increase their
recycling efforts at home, school and work.
- Encourage others to
recycle by serving as a recycling example in their neighborhoods.
Tell five friends that recycling is the easiest way to slow climate change.
Agree to participate in an additional recycling related effort.
The three schools with the highest number of pledges per capita will receive
a gently used desktop computer, including a monitor, courtesy of Creative
Recycling Systems, Inc. In addition, each individual who fills out a pledge card
will be entered into a statewide drawing for either a $100 gift card, courtesy
of Recycle Florida Today or one of two $100 gift cards donated by Publix Super
DEP encourages students taking the pledge to learn about Easy As One –
Ordinary actions. Extraordinary results. DEP’s Easy As One initiative promotes
easy ways to recycle, reduce waste and protect the environment. One of the
easiest steps is recycling retail plastic bags and using reusable shopping bags
instead. To find a plastic bag recycling location, go to
www.abagslife.com. To learn more, visit
the Easy As One blog, www.dep.state.fl.us
or follow Easy As One on Twitter,
great tips and information.
In 2009, more than 25,000 Floridians took the pledge to recycle and buy more
recycled products through this campaign.
For more information:
America Recycles Day -
75 Percent Recycling Goal -
Easy As One –