Border City Recycles Day!

America Recycles Day, November 15, is annually the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle, buy recycled products and donate items to be reused. On November 15th each year, millions of people become better informed about the importance of daily recycling and buying recycled products. America Recycles day has just celebrated itís 10th year in having millions of Americans pledging to increase their recycling habits at home and work and to buy products made with recycled materials. Here in El Paso we call America Recycles Day, Border City Recycles Day. Keep El Paso Beautiful and Environmental Services have participated in hosting a Border City Recycles Day event annually since its commencement.

In 2005, Keep El Paso Beautiful partnered with Environmental Services, TXDOT, and the El Paso Fire Department to collect items such as clothes, shoes, canned goods, old computers and blankets. Blue recycle bins were dropped off at 10 fire stations and all items collected were donated to Goodwill. It was a great success!

In 2006, local middle and high schools participated in a recycling fashion show where the students came up with outfits made out of recycled items such as newspapers, aluminum cans and plastic bags. There were also a number of booths to educate the children about safety and environmental issues and teaching the children that a cleaner environment promotes a healthier, safe and more economically viable community.

In 2007, Keep El Paso Beautiful in partnership with Environmental Services placed two blue recycling bins at all 32 fire stations throughout El Paso. Each blue bin was dropped off on November 14th, the day before the event. On November 15, 2007 volunteers sat at each Fire station receiving items to be donated. The event began at 7:00 a.m. and ended at 7:00 p.m. that evening. Approximately 6,200 pounds of donated items were collected and donated on November 16, 2007 to the Child Crisis Center.

Remember, November 15th of every year is Border City Recycles Day. Circle the date on your new 2008 calendar so you donít forget. We look forward to having you participate next year. Remember to reduce, reuse and recycle in 2008. Happy New Year!