Recycling on the Go

Recycling on the Go

(ARA)- From football games to Oktoberfest, there's still plenty of outdoor fun to be had when the weather turns cooler. However, these events can generate substantial amounts of waste. Bottles, cans, and other materials from public events are often thrown away, but they present a great opportunity to help the environment through recycling.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has created the Recycle on the Go initiative to promote recycling at public events. Recycle on the Go provides information and resources to businesses, government agencies, and citizens interested in creating recycling programs in public spaces such as parks, stadiums, transportation hubs, shopping centers, and special events. Tools that can be found on the Recycle on the Go Web site (www.epa.gov/recycleonthego) include guidance for starting a recycling program, success stories, and tips for including concessionaires and other vendors in the process.
Recycling can yield huge energy savings and climate change benefits. Manufacturing goods from recycled material typically requires less energy than producing an item from virgin material, thus reducing the amount of greenhouse gases that are produced. The energy savings from recycling can be substantial: the 82 million tons that Americans recycled in 2006 saved enough energy to power nearly 7 million U.S. homes for a year. Make environmental stewardship a tradition by promoting recycling at your outdoor event.
To learn how you can incorporate recycling into your event, visit www.epa.gov/recycleonthego.
Content provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency