'America Recycles Day' reactions and events for Central Florida

Updates on progress, events, and information

New Big Belly resycling bins at Lake Eola
New Big Belly resycling bins at Lake Eola

CENTRAL FLORIDA – The United States' 20th celebration of "America Recycles Day," Wednesday showed that there are a number of reasons to be optimistic for the country's sustainability.

"America Recycles Day" is an annual initiative of from the nonprofit organization, Keep America Beautiful.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. has made progress in recycling efforts. The agencies most recent data indicates that, "recycling and reuse activities in the United States accounted for 757,000 jobs and produced $36 billion in wages in a single year."

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently choose Orlando to be the pilot city for its Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for a New Economy pilot project. The results of programs are ideas like Mayor Buddy Dyer's Green Works Orlando initiative. There's evidence to show that Central Florida is doing its best to set the pace for the rest of the country to become more sustainable in the future.

On Wednesday, the City of Orlando's official twitter account tweeted out their Green Works Orlando survey, which takes input from citizens on a variety of issues on how to create a more "green" Orlando.

Orlando International Airport, which also held an official America Recycles Day event on Wednesday, touted the results of recycling metal, tires and cardboard in 2016.

OIA's America Recycles Day event featured games and vendors, and took a collection for eyeglasses, cellphones, shoes, clothing, and small electronics.

Two more official "America Recycles Day" events will be held in the Central Florida area on Saturday.

The Orange County Landfill will offer tours and exhibits for guests to visit and learn more about waste collection in the area from 10 a.m. to noon.

The City of Winter Park has organized a recycling dropoff event at the Winter Park Public Works Compound from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents are encouraged to bring batteries, laptops, notebooks, tablets, cellphones, printers, gaming consoles and more. The full list of acceptable electronics to bring can be found here.

More information on "America Recycles Day" and "Keep America Beautiful" can be found here. For more information on programs involved Dyer's Green Works Orlando initiative, click here.