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Texas Recycles Day encourages state-wide involvement

Nov. 14, 1997

By Jeanette Witt

Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

To raise awareness about the benefits of recycling and encourage people to start recycling, Clean Texas 2000 is sponsoring Texas Recycles Day on Nov. 15.

On this day, every Texan is encouraged to become involved in recycling programs by purchasing recycled products and continuing to recycle.

Gov. George W. Bush designated this day in November four years ago in response to the growing need for recycling in Texas.

Texas Recycles Day became a huge success when 160 communities participated. Of these communities, 90 percent noted an increase in their recycling efforts, according to a Texas Recycles website.

The website also said 120 Texas communities now offer curbside recycling as a result of Texas Recyles Day.

With this noticeable impact on Texas recycling, Texas Recycles Day has been declared a national day and has turned into America Recycles Day.

Across the U.S., 40 states will participate in America Recycles Day as an effort to sponsor and celebrate recycling, the website said, and raise consumer awareness of all aspects of recycling.

In Texas, 254 events are scheduled to take place, including recycled fashion-wear shows, recycled can drives and field trips to recycling centers.

At a local level, Waco will be part of the recycling effort with numerous activities.

Keep Waco Beautiful encourages residents to participate in 'Clean Up Your Act,' which is a city-wide clean up including neighborhoods, streets and businesses.

On the same day, Keep Waco Beautiful will also sponsor 'Household Hazardous Waste Day,' on which Waco residents can dispose of their hazardous wastes at the City of Waco Service Center.

One of the largest events of Texas Recycles Day in Waco is recycling old telephone books. In the past, Keep Waco Beautiful sponsored recycling Southwestern Bell telephone books, but this year they have added Great Western telephone books to their recycling efforts. Drop-off locations are scattered around Waco.

This year, Texas Recycles Day is coinciding with Baylor's Steppin' Out service project, although Melissa Prihoda, coordinator of community activities, said it was 'a complete coincidence.'

'What a great coincidence that all of these projects ended up on the same day,' Julie Henry, director of Keep Waco Beautiful, said.

Henry is hoping Nov. 15 will bring more recyling attention to Waco.

'This is an awareness project,' Henry said. 'We need to fix the problem with resource reduction ... recycling is only the first step.'

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