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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2010
CONTACT: Kristin Lock (850) 245-2112, (850) 778-7294 (cell)

Hundreds Celebrate America Recycles Day with DEP, Collier County Waste Reduction and Goodwill Industries in Naples

~Residents learn about protecting the environment while recycling retail plastic bags, small appliances and other items at local collection event~

NAPLES – Governor Crist recently signed a proclamation declaring November 15 America Recycles Day. To celebrate, DEP’s Easy As One initiative, Goodwill Industries and Collier County Waste Reduction and Recycling hosted a free collection event today in Naples. At the event, DEP collected more than 500 retail plastic bags for recycling and more than 30 used cell phones were collected and donated to charity. Goodwill Industries collected thousands of computers, small appliances and electronics and four tons of paper for recycling.

“Celebrating America Recycles Day, DEP, Goodwill and Collier County Waste Reduction illustrated how easy individual actions lead to big results,” said DEP South District Director Jon Iglehart. “This event prevented thousands pounds of items from reaching the waste stream and benefited worthy charities.”

The event was coordinated by Goodwill Industries and Collier County Waste Reduction and Recycling to celebrate the nationwide America Recycles Day. Participants were educated about alternatives to throwing items in the trash, such as donating to charity or recycling. Attendees were also given information on the negative environmental impacts that result when items enter the waste stream. In addition, DEP provided a free day pass to any Florida State Park to all attendees bringing in items for recycling.

“Collier County Solid Waste Management Department thanks DEP for this great partnership opportunity,” said Collier County Recycling Coordinator Jodi Walters. “The event was a huge success today and helped the environment by collecting many recyclable items.”

For those who were unable to attend the event, many retail grocery stores have implemented plastic bag recycling programs to make recycling easy for their shoppers. To find a plastic bag recycling location, go to www.abagslife.com. Visit www.Earth911.com for information on recycling paper and many other items such as computer monitors, toner cartridges and televisions.

About Easy As One
Easy As One - Ordinary actions. Extraordinary results. is an environmental awareness initiative by DEP that highlights easy actions each one of us can take to make sustainable practices part of our daily lives at home, at school, at work and at play. As the lead agency in state government for environmental management and stewardship, DEP encourages citizens to adopt green habits that protect Florida’s air and water quality, conserve water and reduce waste. A sustainable Florida depends on the collective efforts of citizens, groups, businesses, industry and government.

About America Recycles Day
Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. One day to inform and educate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.

For more information
Easy As One - www.dep.state.fl.us/EasyAsOne or www.twitter.com/EasyAsOne 

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"Celebrating America Recycles Day, DEP, Goodwill and Collier County Waste Reduction illustrated how easy individual actions lead to big results."

Jon Iglehart
DEP South District Director



Last updated: November 19, 2010

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