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America Recycles Day

2010 November 15

By Felicia Chou

There is this beaten up, raggedy Garbage Gremlin costume we wear to events or school talks every year to encourage people of all ages to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The crusty, mold-green fur reeks of decades’ worth of sweat and tears from the EPA employees that have braved sweltering heat and freezing cold to don the costume for the sake of environmental outreach. Thankfully, the internet was invented so we wouldn’t have to rely on a communications prop that I personally wouldn’t touch without a ten-foot-pole and a hazmat suit. Our new-and-improved What You Can Do site offers great consumer tips and resources on Going Green, and doesn’t smell like last summer’s old sneakers. And what better time to explore what you can do to help our environment than today, America Recycles Day?

Regardless of whether you’re at home, at school, at work, or on the go, there are all kinds of things you can do to make every day America Recycles Day. With hand-picked tips organized by season and subject, helpful resources from buying green to greenscaping, and a section dedicated to things around the house you might not expect to recycle, we’re working to make it easier for everyone to do their part to make a difference.

So when you’re wondering about where to recycle your old electronics, what to do with all the leftover food from your holiday party, or how to set up a recycling program in your community, you won’t have to chase down the Garbage Gremlin to find out. And on behalf of all the dedicated public servants who have had to wear the suit, we thank you.

About the Author: Felicia Chou is a Program Analyst in EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. She has avoided wearing costumes of any kind ever since her mother made her dress up as an oversized lady bug for Halloween in 7th grade.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

6 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    November 15, 2010

    Is Environmentalism make us to be a paranoid ?
    Feels regret makes everyone to discovery the else style. For example, they are angry to see someone thrown out garbage on wrong place. Also reduce and recycle, beside reuse. The Environmentalists are introvert and caring about all the people problem in their neighbor. They are always cries concerned the impact of all disasters, by wrong people or natural. I am scared we are looser than the times…..

  2. Jared permalink
    November 15, 2010

    Thanks for the article and the links! Currently we’re working on an energy policy here in West Valley City, and the EPA has been a great help!

  3. Linda permalink
    November 19, 2010

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle should be the motto for every school. Love the costume of the Garbage Gremlin. We need to do whatever it takes to make the paradigm shift for an environmental responsible generation. Recycle your food waste with a garbage disposal.

  4. online diploma permalink
    December 23, 2010

    Nice post keep it up.

  5. Han permalink
    September 26, 2011

    Definitely Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. I was sitting here trying to figure out what to wear to a wedding and realized my problems are small compared to the problem that does and could exist if we don’t do what’s right for the planet we live on.

    Perspective indeed!

  6. Mashiur permalink
    November 25, 2011

    Environmentalism is a broad philosophy, ideology and social movement regarding concerns for environmental conservation and improvement of the health of the environment, particularly as the measure for this health seeks to incorporate the concerns of non-human elements

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