Governor McCrory proclaims Saturday America Recycles Day in North Carolina

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RALEIGH – Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed Saturday America Recycles Day in North Carolina as the governor and state environmental officials work to encourage more people to recycle.

“I am excited about what recycling can do for the future of North Carolina’s environment and its economy,” McCrory said. “America Recycles Day is a reminder of how important it is for North Carolinians to recycle wherever and whenever they can – at home, at work and at play.”

In honor of America Recycles Day, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources today announced the winners of the2014 America Recycles Day Art Contest. Thegrand prize winner of this year’s poster contest is Desirea, a student in Ms. Reinsvold’s 8 th grade class at Knox Middle School in Salisbury. The runner-ups were Michael, a student from Mrs. Underwood’s 3 rd grade class at Douglas Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary in Raleigh and Caleb, a student from Mrs. Hathcock’s kindergarten class at Creekside Elementary in Durham. All three winners received cash prizes, recycling bins for their schools and stickers, recycling books and pencils made from recycled paper. Also, Desirea’s grand prize winning poster will be printed and distributed to schools statewide.

North Carolina school children participated in the inaugural Recycle Guys America Recycles Day Poster Contest by designing poster art and slogans that encourage recycling. The contest was sponsored by the Recycle Guys, the Carton Council and Keep North Carolina Beautiful. The winning posters are on display in the first floor of the Green Square building, the Raleigh headquarters of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. All the poster contest entries can be seen online at www.recycleguys.org .

Many communities in North Carolina are also celebrating America Recycles Day with special collection events, educational workshops and community events. Check with local recycling office for events, or visit the America Recycles Day website at www.americarecyclesday.org for a searchable event database. America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling.

The governor’s proclamation, the poster contest and the events statewide are raising awareness about the value of recycling. The recycling industry has shown impressive momentum in recent years, as the Tar Heel State has experienced steady employment growth and increased private sector investment in recycling infrastructure. Today, recycling supports more than 17,000 private sector jobs in the state, a 12 percent increase since 2010. The jobs supported by recycling represent an estimated annual payroll of $442 million.

Increased emphasis on recycling statewide has helped North Carolina achieve the highest number of active curbside recycling programs and the lowest level of per capita landfill disposal since the state started keeping records on recycling in 1990.

(JOURNALISTS: The governor’s proclamation can be found at http://bit.ly/1va93AM . Attached to the news release is an image showing the grand prize winning poster for the2014 America Recycles Day Art Contest. The grand prize winner is Desirea, a student in Ms. Reinsvold’s 8 th grade class at Knox Middle School in Salisbury).

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