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|-"What we are living with is the result of human choices
and it can be changed by making better, wiser choices."-
|Robert Redford - American actor, directory, producer and environmental supporter.
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Recycling Success Stories
Many communities have already began their own recycling programs to encourage others to recycle. Following are a few examples:
- Residents in Rockford, Illinois can win more than $1000 through their 'trash lottery.' Through this innovative program, residents are randomly selected for separating recyclable materials from their garbage, and are paid from the city's savings in landfill costs!
- Due to a strong community support for recycling in King County, Washington, plans to incinerate waste were postponed.
- In the metropolitan area of Portland, Oregon, a goal has been set to cut its waste by 52% by recycling. The city's residents have one of the highest recycling rates in the nation.
Drug Store Successes
A man was concerned about that the Bausche and Lombe
packaging could be much more recyclable than it was. He wrote a letter
to the company suggesting that they do away with the box and the unrecyclable
plastics or make a plastic that can be flattened with a zipper top. Soon
there after he got a reply on a company letterhead saying why they do the
things that they do. He was left with a number saying that he could call
them if he wanted to discuss his views. Well he didn't call, but a year
later he wandered into a Drug Store and picked up some saline and found
on the back a notice that said that they had did away with the box and
made the package recyclable.
Alamos National Laboratory has cleaned up Radioactive emissions going into
The Los Alamos National Laboratory recently notified
the Department of Energy that they are in compliance with the new clean
air act, by putting radioactive emission monitors on 28 air emission stacks
that let out radioactive emissions.
Partnership to save birds
In Ontario, Canada an observatory helps preserve
birds with Environment Action 21($89.568 given to them by a community funding
program) money. They are taking a census of the birds and going to put
them in a captive breeding flock in order to increase their dwindling populations.
program reenacted after 40 years
Forty years ago environmentalists made a plan to
renaturalize the creeks that ran through hectares and agricultural land
into the Avon river, in Canada. Forty years later Environment Canada's
Action 21 funding program donating $50,000 for a two year habitat restoration
CFCs are chemicals that deplete the ozone layer.
In 1996 the SEDA Act prohibits the manufacturing, importing, and exporting
of these chemicals in Canada.
An envirohome was created in Nova Scotia. This home
uses 75 percent less energy than the typical household. It has low-flow
faucets, a kitchen recycling center, a solar powered water boiler, a fireplace
with a pollution reducing unit.
This is a collection of Cooperative success stories
involving many endangered animals. These cooperative efforts were by private
land owners, federal and state agencies, local government and non-government
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