Skip to comments.Presidential Proclamation -- America Recycles Day, 2012
Posted on 11/15/2012 11:30:30 AM PST by NormsRevenge
For 15 years, our country has celebrated America Recycles Day as a time to focus on conserving valuable materials, keeping our communities clean, and protecting our environment. Today, we reflect on the progress we have made toward fulfilling those important goals and rededicate ourselves to building a more sustainable future.
Each year, recycling puts millions of pounds of valuable materials back into use. By diverting old products from the landfill to the factory floor, we take meaningful steps toward a greener economy and help power an entire industry centered on recycling, reuse, and refurbishing. We also reduce or avoid the environmental impacts of using virgin materials.
As many of us prepare to gather with families and friends this Thanksgiving, America Recycles Day offers a chance to highlight another resource that is too often taken for granted: food. Though many Americans lack access to regular, nutritious meals, much of our country's food goes to waste. To put surplus food to better use, the Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with businesses and organizations in the Food Recovery Challenge, which is helping participants support their communities through food donation and protect their bottom line by reducing waste. By consuming carefully and donating what we can, each of us can join in that important work. Food banks and pantries accept wholesome food that meets quality and safety standards, as do many national and local food recovery programs. Through giving to those in need, all Americans can lift up their communities while helping protect the environment we share.
Aldo Leopold once said that conservation is "a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution." With that important lesson in mind, let us commemorate America Recycles Day by taking bold action to preserve our natural resources, strengthen our economy, and protect the bountiful landscapes we have been blessed with.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 15, 2012, as America Recycles Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities, and I encourage all Americans to continue their reducing, reusing, and recycling efforts throughout the year.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
I got to beat the old asian ladies away from my recycle bins early in the morning, some sneak by the night before. they ride bikes and boy are they quick.
our landfill on the farm was a big hole, it preceded Nixon by a long shot,, it’s still there. maybe they can do an archeological dig there someday.
I have some good ideas for lead recycling.
I refused for years to recycle but then the local garbage police got me and threatened me with fines for every time I don’t recycle.
I did my part--I ralphed up dinner after hearing the election results.
smelt that coming.. we used to recover it from old lead lined cables, it paid for lots of shotgun shells and beer,,
National Security, Borders, the economy, spending cuts, and jobs should be this f’n a’holes only priority.
Actually, he should be in jail.
What a joke.
San FRan has super stringent regs.. you vill recycle und separate everyzing exactly ze way ve tell you to.. or you will be dealt with. sad..
He’d have some friends there,, Blago, Rezko, and soon Je$$e HiJack$on Jr. .. They could have their own recycling gang.
Here in Indiana we’re recycling our trash into a mountain, slowly but surely, and eventually we’re gonna have our own ski resort!
It’s so dumb because where I live most of the recycling winds up in the landfill anyway.
The only things this dope is recycling are lame excuses and
1930s economic policies.
Actually, I’ve already been forced to recycle earlier this month. . . the alleged ‘election’ and this proclamation is just one more example of wasted effort.
I just read this thread. I'm going to chain smoke the rest of the day, and open the front door a lot, to pollute the outside air.
I also have a number of trash bags to walk to our dumpster. My rotater cuff on left arm has been bad so haven't carried the trash for 5 days. I have five bags of trash so out they go today without recycling anything.
I’d love to recycle zero into soylent green.
Totally off-topic, but when I was a tender young lad of the high school persuasion, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was aggressively trying to recruit me to go to college there (and in fact, they were the final runner-up to Purdue, which I ultimately selected). The one piece of recruitment mail I'll never forget was a full-size poster (which I kept for years):
Can we recycle zero???
I'm afraid we did. Instead of tossing him in the trash, we recycled the SOS for another 4 years.
“The EPA partnering with businesses to recover food. huh?
How long before ya need a permit and a haz mat certified suit to dumpster dive?”
No, the food won’t be in the dumpster - Just another executive order to confiscate OUR personal food for “redistribution” so food ownership is FAIR. And, I’m not kidding.
We’re $16 trillion in debt, but we recycle!!! Yahoo!!!
I just become totally livid when I see this push to recycle. Our generation had solid wood furniture which we inherited from our grandparents. It may have had several layers of paint on it, but it had been around for a long time and still is, unlike all that fiberboard or pressed board junk. We washed our babies diapers and used the wornout ones for dust cloths, stored leftovers in Tupperware bowls. There were not 20 layers of plastic inside and outside of every box, package and can. Soda bottles were glass and were returned so they could be reused. Hems on everything were let down or raised up depending on which child they were passed on to.
Everything was used for something else until there often was literally nothing left.