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Recycle today and save the world

Linda Hiller

Today is “America Recycles Day.” In an effort to help encourage residents to recycle, several organizations are offering to help.

“All over the United States, people are working to keep recycling, to close the loop,” said Susan Sturtevant , recycling coordinator with the Nevada Environmental Protective Agency.

She said getting people to recycle is important, but encouraging citizens to buy recycled products is what constitutes “closing the loop.”

“Making an effort to buy products made with recycled materials is the key,” she said.

Sturtevant said looking for a post-consumer material content of at least 20 percent is a good idea.

In honor of America Recycles Day, residents can can enter online at http://www.americarecyclesday.org or obtain and turn in a “pledge to recycle” card at the following Valley locations: Douglas County Animal Control on Pinenut Road, 782-9061, Douglas County Transfer Station on Pinenut Road 782-3925, McDonald’s Restaurant. The grand prize in the drawing is a new three-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath home built with recycled materials in the winner’s choice of location. A $50,000 land allowance is also included, making the total value of the prize $250,000.

Entries from children under the age of 18 will be eligible for a four-day, three-night trip for a family of four to Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

For more information, call 1-800-YES-1-CAN.