Yaw Recognizes “America Recycles Day”

HARRISBURG – State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), Chairman of the Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, today reminded Pennsylvanians of the environmental and economic importance of recycling and recognized November 15, 2020 as “America Recycles Day.”

America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful initiative, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. On November 15, America Recycles Day event organizers educate neighbors, friends and colleagues through thousands of events.

“Every day should be America Recycles Day,” Sen. Yaw said.  “I believe that all of us can do our part to preserve our limited resources and reduce the trash heading into our landfills, while at the same time protecting our environment and creating job opportunities for our citizens.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for every 10,000 tons of materials recycled nearly 16 jobs are supported and $760,000 in wages is generated.

“It is more important than ever that we encourage more Pennsylvanians to reduce, reuse and recycle,” Yaw added.  “Education and outreach are paramount to improving recycling rates across our state.”

Whether you’re at home, on the go, in the office or at school, there are many opportunities to go green by reducing, reusing and recycling.  Find out what you can do to help make a difference in our environment every day. Below is additional guidance from the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC):

  • Attend PRC’s Free Recycling & Waste Reduction Webinar Nov. 17:  Register for the next free “Recycling & Waste Reduction” webinar taking place on Tuesday, November 17, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. to learn about a wide variety of topics including curbside collection, hard-to-recycle materials and pharmaceutical disposal.  This free PRC webinar takes place once/month.  Click Here to register.
  • Call DEP’s Recycling Hotline at 1-800-346-4242: Call the team of PRC employees who staff the DEP recycling hotline to ask for guidance regarding how to responsibly recycle a wide range of materials not suitable for curbside pickup.
  • Visit the Learn & Act Section Of PRC’s website: Visit PRC’s Learn & Act webpage for a wealth of recycling information including best practices, municipal resources and online brochures.

Additionally, you can visit the EPA’s website at https://www.epa.gov/americarecycles/america-recycles-day for more information.

For more state-related news and information, visit Senator Yaw’s website at www.SenatorGeneYaw.com or on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.


Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff

(717) 787-3280

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