Last Modified: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 5:45 PM
Tomorrow is America Recycles Day — the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging people to recycle and buy recycled products. The program, part of the national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, has been held every year since 1997, when it was started by the National Recycling Coalition.
On a local level, the day is not going unnoticed. Citgo, along with community partners Waste Management, Stine Home and Yard, the Calcasieu Parish School Board and the City of Sulphur chose the day to launch a new Earth Keepers program which will promote recycling in the community and in Sulphur schools.
To kick things off, residents are invited to drop off recyclable items from 7-10 a.m. Friday at the Sulphur Stine store, 2950 Ruth St.
A key component of the program, being made possible by a grant from Citgo, is to promote and encourage recycling in 11 Sulphur schools.
Earth Keepers will provide the following in each of the schools in the pilot program:
l Containers for recycling in each classroom.
l Outdoor containers for recycling
l A TV to promote the program, publicly track collection and highlight students and teachers involved in the program.
Schools are being asked to keep a record of the amount of recyclable material collected each month. Goals will be set, and when a school reaches its goal, a tree will be planted at the school thanks to a partnership with Stine.
In the future, there are plans to implement the program throughout the parish.
We applaud Citgo, Waste Management, Stine, Calcasieu Parish School Board and the City of Sulphur for taking the initiative to introduce and encourage young people to embrace recycling.
According to the America Recycles Day website (americarecyclesday.org), the national recycling rate has increased every year for the past 30 years. As a nation, Americans are recycling 34.7 percent of their waste.
With the kickoff of Earth Keepers, our parish will be doing a greater part to increase that percentage. We are indeed fortunate to have this new program in our community and school system.
This editorial was written by a member of the American Press Editorial Board. Its content reflects the collaborative opinion of the Board, whose members include Bobby Dower, Mike Jones, Jim Beam, Crystal Stevenson and Donna Price.