America Recycles Day is held each year on November 15th. This year, the U.S. Department of State held a recycling event on November 6th to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and to showcase the Department’s recycling efforts and programs. Click here to earn more about the Department’s Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI), and check out the infographic below for details on how much the Department has recycled since 2009 and what products they currently recycle.
During the Department event, there were participants from a variety of organizations with recycling programs, such as District of Columbia’s Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Program and the Zero Waste Committee of the Sierra Club’s Washington, D.C. Chapter. They provided information to Department of State employees and visitors, and recorded several short videos exclusively for you, the Global Conversations: Our Planet audience! Check the videos out below to learn more!
Russell Klein is the Education Coordinator for the District of Columbia’s Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Program. In this video, he discuss the life cycles of products, the importance of recycling, and what we as consumers should think about before purchasing a product:
Justin Barlow, an Environmental Protection Specialist, and Mico Miller, an Environmental Engineer, both with the U.S. Department of State, discuss the Department’s recycling programs and the America Recycles Day event they organized for November 6, 2013:
Hana Heineken, Chair of the Zero Waste Committee for the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Sierra Club, explains San Francisco’s approach to waste and recycling. In this clip, she is speaking to a Department of State employee who stopped at the Zero Waste Committee table during the America Recycles Day event:
In this brief video, Stephanie Hicks, Material Resource Coordinator for Trex Company, Inc., discusses recycled materials in the manufacture of wood-alternative decking, railings and other outdoor items: