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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2010
CONTACT: DEP Press Office, (850) 245-2112

DEP Celebrates Recycling in Florida

~America Recycles Day promotes recycling programs across the nation~

TALLAHASSEE – In recognition of America Recycles Day on November 15, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is hosting several events that coincide with the theme for America Recycles Day 2010 — “I Recycle.” This year’s theme encourages citizens to recycle more at home, at work and on the go.

“DEP is proud to demonstrate the importance of recycling and buying products made with recycled content by participating in the 13th annual America Recycles Day,” said DEP Secretary Mimi A. Drew. “As stewards of the environment, we must do all we can at work, school and home to protect our precious natural resources now and for future generations to come.”

In celebration of America Recycles Day, DEP encourages all Floridians 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/EasyAsOne or follow Easy As One on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/EasyAsOne.

Easy As One collection events coinciding with the celebration of America Recycles Day include:

Easy As One Orlando Collection Event
Old Amway Arena, Parking Lot 1
Livingston Street, Orlando
Saturday, November 13, 2010 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Operation Medicine Cabinet and DEP’s Easy As One initiative will host a collection event where residents can learn about protecting the environment and public safety while recycling retail plastic bags and properly disposing of unwanted medications. DEP will distribute free Florida State Park day passes to participants. For more information, contact the DEP Press Office at (850) 245-2112.

Easy As One Florida State University Collection Event
Union Green, Florida State University
Tallahassee
Monday, November 15, 2010 - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

DEP’s Easy As One Initiative and FSU’s Environmental Service Program will participate in an America Recycle’s Day event collecting retail plastic bags for recycling and used working and non-working cell phones to donate to a local charity. Reusable shopping bags and Florida State parks day passes will be given to participants. For more information contact Shelton Ansley at (850) 245-2075.

Easy As One Naples Collection Event
Town Center Parking Lot
3759 Tamiami Trail East, Naples
Monday, November 15, 2010 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

DEP’s Easy As One Initiative, Goodwill Industries and Collier County Waste Reduction and Recycling will participate in an America Recycle’s Day event collecting multiple items. Goodwill Industries will provide computer and electronics recycling, free paper shredding, collection of clothing, shoes, books, appliances and furniture for resale and/or recycling. DEP will collect retail plastic bags for recycling and used cell phones and chargers to be donated to charity and will distribute free Florida State Park day passes to participants. For more information contact, DEP South District at (239) 332-6975, extension 175.

Easy As One Tallahassee Collection Event
Costco - Mahan Drive
4067 Lagniappe Way, Tallahassee
Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
DEP’s Easy As One initiative, SWIX, Costco and others will partner with Operation Medicine Cabinet to properly dispose of unused or expired prescriptions and medications. DEP will distribute free Florida State Park day passes to participants. For more information about the medicine collection event, contact SWIX at (850) 386-6280 or e-mail info@swix.ws.

In addition, DEP, Recycle Florida Today, Creative Recycling Systems, Inc. and Publix Super Markets are sponsoring the seventh annual Florida K-12 Schools Recycling Pledge Card Contest, 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 computer.

All Floridians are encouraged to fill out a pledge card. By completing a pledge card, Floridians are committing to being better stewards of the environment. All pledge cards received will be entered into a drawing to receive either a $100.00 gift card, courtesy of Recycle Florida Today or one of two $100.00 gift cards donated by Publix Super Markets. Last year over 25,000 pledge cards were received from all over the State of Florida. Pledge cards must be received by November 30, 2010. Winners will be notified in early December. For more information and to fill out a pledge card, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/recycling/AR/2010/ar10.htm.

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 educating others.

For More Information
America Recycles Day: www.AmericaRecyclesDay.org or http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/recycling/AR/2010/ar10.htm
Easy As One: www.dep.state.fl.us/EasyAsOne or www.twitter.com/EasyAsOne
DEP Division of Waste Management: www.dep.state.fl.us/waste
A Bag’s Life: www.abagslife.com 

recycled cell phones

"DEP is proud to demonstrate the importance of recycling and buying products made with recycled content by participating in the 13th annual America Recycles Day."

Mimi A. Drew
DEP Secretary

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Last updated: November 15, 2010

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