Celebrating America Recycle Day

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  • By Elvis Lane
  • 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron
Moody will be celebrating America's Recycle Day Nov. 14. Twenty-five years ago, only one community in the United States had a curbside recycling program. Today, more than 9,000 communities have curbside collection and many others provide drop-off or cooperative collection facilities. Businesses and communities are boosting recycling collection efforts and companies are using new technology and methods to manufacture products more efficiently.

Recycling helps to conserve natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling one ton of aluminum cans saves the energy equivalent of 36 barrels of oil or 1,655 gallons of gasoline.

Moody continues to strive for the best recycling program in the Air Force. We emphasize the program through reuse, reduction or treatment of materials that could be diverted from the solid waste stream.

Moody has diverted more than 781 tons of recyclable materials from the land fill in calendar year 2007 and up to 975 tons this calendar year 2008. The diversion has saved Moody more than $43,000 in land fill costs this calendar year.

Money gained from selling recycled goods is returned to Moody for contractual support and Morale Welfare and Recreation activities.

In celebration of America's Recycle Day, the 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron and Slone Associates will offer give-a-ways at the Base Exchange from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nov. 14, in addition to educating our base and local community of the importance of recycling. A pre-1975 car will also be on display for enthusiasts who share another way to recycle.

As we recycle more, we become better stewards of our natural resources. Remember, recycling is the way of life for our kids - and our kid's kids.

The recycling center is open to all Team Moody members from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., and can be reached at 257-1993.

For more information, call 257-3849.