[GRRN] Fw: EarthNet News - Tell Congress to Recycle!

Bill Sheehan (zerowaste@grrn.org)
Sat, 1 May 1999 08:40:11 -0400

EarthNet News
...a project of the Center for Environmental Citizenship
April 29, 1999
1. Shadow Congress: Tell Congress to Recycle!

>From your house to THE House

Last week, on Earth Day, Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) introduced legislation
requiring Congress to recycle its trash. While the executive branch has a
mandatory recycling policy, Congress' voluntary program has resulted in
virtually nothing recycled in 1997, and only 10% of its paper recycled in
1998. The House of Representatives uses over 2,500 tons of recyclable
paper products each year and has a responsibility to set an example for
citizens and businesses. The government could even earn money - estimates
predict that the House could earn $150,000 if just 60% of the high-grade
white paper were recycled! (The same report mentioned that 500,000 fewer
trees would be cut down yearly if 100% of the government copier paper were
to contain significant post-consumer content.)

TAKE ACTION NOW: Contact your Rep., and ask him or her to co-sponsor the
resolution "providing for the mandatory implementation of the Office Waste
Recycling Program in the House of Representatives" (H.Res. 146). Tell your
Reps. that they need to be held to the same standards as we are in our
kitchens and offices. Find your Rep.'s contact info at


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