Sustainability is the key to our future. So often we waste more than we should, when we can save so much more by repurposing and recycling. This month, we are celebrating National Recycling Month. On April 19, 1989, President George Bush issued Proclamation 5957, recognizing April as National Recycling Month. An excerpt from that proclamation reads:
Recycling waste helps to preserve our limited landfill space. Recycling also reduces the need to extract resources from their natural environment and thus helps to prevent the pollution such removal efforts create. It also saves energy and provides a less expensive alternative to landfills and incineration. Finally, communities can use the materials recovered through recycling to generate revenue.
Although we celebrate National Recycling Month in April, recycling should be an everyday mandate for all of us, nationally and globally. Do you recycle? Do you find the importance of recycling and repurposing, or do you think it is a waste of time? Recycling is an everyday thing to do in my household, along with repurposing. Our community participates in pick-up services for recyclables, along with our trash on garbage pickup day.
If you do not have a community wide program that encourages recycling, then you can start. First check your local recycling services for the types of items that are accepted for recycling. For more information on how you can get involved or initiate recycling awareness, check out a few of these nationwide organizations:
For all of you writers and advocates out there, spread the word, by using your writing talents to make a literary contribution to support recycling in your neck of the woods!