Governor Kim Reynolds designates November 15th as Iowa Recycles Day

Recyclables collected by private truckers from Linn County communities are stacked Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Solid Waste Agency Resource Recovery building in Marion. The recycle is then taken to the Republic facility in Cedar Rapids for sorting and processing. (The newspaper)

The town’s Garby (center) is shown with the current Curby (left) and Yardy in a home in Cedar Rapids. (Photo provided by the City of Cedar Rapids)

DES MOINES — As part of a nationwide push to encourage more sustainable living, Gov. Kim Reynolds earlier this month signed a proclamation designating Tuesday, November 15, as Iowa Recycles Day.

Reducing, reusing, and recycling waste is important to “ensuring a cleaner, more environmentally friendly state for future generations,” Reynolds said in her proclamation. “On this day we renew our commitment to making environmentally responsible changes in our lives so that our children and grandchildren can live in a brighter, cleaner future,” she said in a press release.

With the proclamation, Iowa joins other states across the country in promoting sustainability initiatives in honor of America Recycles Day, which also occurs on November 15. This is the only day recognized nationally to celebrate and encourage recycling in the country.

The Iowa Recycling Association and Keep Iowa Beautiful play a leadership role in advancing the protection of Iowa’s natural resources and quality of life, Reynolds said.

The Iowa Recycling Association is a nonprofit organization that has served as the voice of recycling in Iowa since 1989, continuing to advance recycling practices statewide through ongoing communication, advocacy and education.

Keep Iowa Beautiful, a state subsidiary of Keep America Beautiful, empowers Iowa to bring cultural and economic vitality to communities through improvement and improvement programs.

“The Iowa Recycling Association strives to advance effective recycling by sharing resources, education and advocacy opportunities,” said Elizabeth Mackenzie, president of the Iowa Recycling Association, in a press release. “Iowa Recycles Day brings us closer to our vision that every material in the state can be reused or recycled and put to its best use!”

“Keep Iowa Beautiful is excited to participate in a statewide recycling program,” said Andy Frantz, executive director of Keep Iowa Beautiful. “Iowa Recycling Day is an opportunity to continue our commitment to clean, strong communities across the state.”

“Our commitment to helping communities address challenges related to trash, recycling and beautification remains a top priority,” said Frantz. “We are thrilled to join the Iowa Recycling Association’s call to end littering, build recycling programs, reduce waste, educate the public on sustainability issues, and make Iowa communities livable.”

You can recycle too!

Recycling is the collection and processing of materials that would otherwise go to landfill and turning them into new products.

The City of Cedar Rapids has a simple tool to help with curbside recycling — a bin called the CURBY. CURBY is a big blue wagon that’s easy to drive to and from the curb on pickup day, according to the City of Cedar Rapids website.

Items that can be placed in CURBY include:

  • paper
  • plastic container
  • metal
  • Cardboard

Glass can be recycled but should not be disposed of in CURBY as it poses a safety hazard to recycling crews and workers at the sorting facility.

Clear and colored glass can be mixed and placed in a separate handled bucket no larger than five gallons.

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