Des Moines – As part of a nationwide push to encourage more sustainable living, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation declaring today Iowa Recycles Day.
In her proclamation, the governor noted that reducing, reusing, and recycling waste are important to “ensure a cleaner, greener state for future generations.” Building on that theme, she wrote “on this day we renew our commitment to making environmentally conscious changes in our lives so that our children and grandchildren can live that better, cleaner future.”
With the proclamation, Iowa joins other states across the country encouraging sustainability initiatives in honor of America Recycles Day, which is also Nov. 15. This is the only day nationally recognized to celebrating and promoting recycling in the country.
Reynolds further recognized the Iowa Recycling Association and Keep Iowa Beautiful for playing leading roles in promoting the protection of Iowa’s natural resources and quality of life. Both groups applauded the governor for promoting recycling statewide.
“The Iowa Recycling Association strives to advance effective recycling by sharing resources, education, and advocacy opportunities,” said Iowa Recycling Association President Elizabeth Mackenzie. “Iowa Recycles Day moves us closer to achieving our vision where every material in the state can be reused or recycled and is put to its best use!”
“Joining the nationwide movement to boost recycling enhances efforts closer to home,” said Keep Iowa Beautiful Executive Director Kevin Techau. “Iowa Recycles Day is an opportunity to renew our commitment to meet our obligations to our planet and future generations,” he added. “Keep Iowa Beautiful is determined to end littering, improve recycling, reduce waste, educate the public on sustainability issues, and make Iowa’s communities better places to live.”