Today is America Recycles Day!
Thousands of people around our country host events to bring awareness to the importance of recycling. It was created in 1997 by Keep America Beautiful, the largest non-profit organization of its kind.
Their focus is waste reduction and recycling, beautification and community greening and litter prevention according to the organization's website.
Since the bottle bill was enacted by Oregon in 1971, approximately 90% of all beverage containers purchased are returned, according to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
Everyone in Bend should be proud of that statistic and work hard to keep the number a continuing trend into the future.
If we don't, the massive island of trash in the ocean know as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is said to be twice the size of the state of Texas, will continue to grow and disrupt our oceanic environment.
If you want to make a stand against this eco-catastrophe, take the pledge to recycle more at http://americarecyclesday.org/