Fifteen years ago, America Recycles Day was established to raise awareness of recycling and how it can benefit the environment. Today, people all over the country are hosting special recycling awareness events in their communities and making an extra effort to recycle and reuse all kinds of materials. If you are a recipient, donor, or volunteer with MFTA, you know how important this is to us and our community every day.
This year, President Obama announced a new project called the Food Recovery Challenge. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will partner with businesses and organizations around the country to raise awareness of food waste and encourage people to donate unneeded food items to local food pantries and shelters. So when recycling, think beyond the typical bottles and cans. With many areas of NYC still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, today is a great opportunity to go through your pantry and closets and give to those in need while also helping the environment.