Goodwill Celebrates America Recycles Day

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BY SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION SATURDAY NOV 11, 2017

On November 15, Goodwill Manasota will take part in America Recycles Day, an observance that has begun to encourage people to reduce their waste, recycle more and buy more products made with recycled content. The benefits of recycling are tremendous: it cuts down the amount of waste sent to landfills, reduces pollution, conserves natural resources, saves energy and money, and reduces greenhouse gasses. Unfortunately, while the EPA estimates that 75 percent of the American waste stream is recyclable, we only recycle about 30 percent of it. Locally, Goodwill Manasota is proud to be a leader of the "reduce, reuse, recycle" movement all year long. The organization subsidizes its mission of changing lives through the power of work through the sale of unwanted goods donated by community members. In 2016, Goodwill diverted more than 40 million pounds of unwanted goods – including textiles, computers and components, books, glass, furniture, electrical items, plastic and metal – from area landfills.

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