H-SANTA MARIA

Nov 15, 2012 7:22 PM by KSBY Staff

Santa Maria recognizes America Recycles Day

Thursday is America Recycles Day and a local All-America City is doing its part.

Santa Maria City staff gave out recycled shop towels, pencils, magnets, and shopping bags at the landfill on East Main Street.

The idea was to raise awareness about the need to reduce waste by reusing, recycling and buying recycled products.

The city says, each year, Americans generate nearly 230,000,000 tons of solid waste.

That's more than 4 1/2 pounds per person, per day.

"Our natural resources are getting more scarce," said Jeffrey Clarin, solid waste manager. "The importance of recycling is very needed to keep with the environment. We don't want to deplete the earth's environment so recycling will actual save and continue sustenance of our environment here."

While the nation has reached an overall recycling rate of 33%, the city says much more can be done, especially in buying recycled products.

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