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[GreenYes] Fwd: [OFEE] America Recycles Day, 2002 By the President of the United States
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>Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 08:48:49 -0500
>From: "" <>
>For Immediate Release
>Office of the Press Secretary
>November 14, 2002
>America Recycles Day, 2002
>By the President of the United States of America
>A Proclamation
>Americans are dedicated to protecting our land, ensuring that our air is
>clean, and preserving the purity of our
>water. To help fulfill these responsibilities, government, businesses,
>community organizations, and every citizen
>must work together to serve as good stewards of all of our natural
>resources. On America Recycles Day, we
>renew our commitment to preserving our resources by recycling and using
>products made with recycled materials.
>Recycling has become one of the most successful environmental
>initiatives in our Nation's history. In 1990,
>Americans recycled or composted 34 million tons of material. In the
>following decade, this number more than
>doubled to nearly 70 million tons. These efforts are helping to
>safeguard our environment by reducing the need for
>landfills and incinerators. Last year, the Federal Government
>contributed to these important goals by purchasing
>paper, retread tires, re-refined oil, concrete, insulation, and other
>products containing recycled materials.
>Our Nation also continues to develop innovative ways to reduce, reuse,
>and recycle our waste. Although we have
>made significant progress, much work still remains. Americans generate
>more than 230 million tons of solid waste
>each year. Simple measures can help communities, businesses, and
>individuals decrease waste and extend the use
>of our natural resources. Individuals and families can participate in
>the recycling programs offered in their
>At home and in school, parents and teachers can educate children about
>the benefits of recycling and the
>importance of caring for our environment. By purchasing products made
>from recycled materials, American
>consumers provide economic incentives for businesses to collect,
>produce, and market more products that are
>recycled and recyclable. Our recycling and reuse industry provides
>approximately 1.4 million jobs, producing billions
>of dollars in annual revenues that contribute to the prosperity of our
>country. By recycling, we conserve our
>valuable resources, protect our air and water from harmful pollutants,
>and strengthen our economy.
>On America Recycles Day, I encourage all Americans to rededicate
>themselves to using our resources more wisely
>by reusing and recycling the materials they purchase. Through these
>efforts, we help make our communities more
>livable, our businesses more competitive, and our Nation a healthier
>place for future generations to enjoy.
>NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of
>America, by virtue of the authority
>vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do
>hereby proclaim November 15, 2002, as
>America Recycles Day. I call upon the people of the United States to
>observe this day with appropriate programs
>and activities.
>IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of
>November, in the year of our Lord two
>thousand two, and of the Independence of the United States of America
>the two hundred and twenty-seventh.
>                                               # # #

Gary Liss
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