Greening Our Nest: T-Birds to Open Community Recycling Celebration

Published: November 08, 2011 | Category: Community Outreach

Believe it or not, the energy saved from just one recycled aluminum can could power a television for three hours.

Imagine, then, the possibilities across a campus of 8,000 students and community of nearly 30,000 residents if we all came together in recycling and conservation efforts.

In such an endeavor, SUU’s Center for Sustainability and the Earth Club will join the Southern Utah Recycling Coalition and thousands of other groups across the country in celebrating America Recycles Day on November 15, and the entire community is invited to join the party.

America Recycles Day is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S.

At SUU, festivities will kick-off at 10 a.m. in the Sharwan Smith Center’s ballroom with a free showing of Wasteland, a documentary film about the world’s largest garbage dump. Light fare will be served and all in attendance will receive a giveaway prize. A booth with information about campus and community recycling opportunities will also be available.

Later, an afternoon celebration with food, prizes, music, education and entertainment for all ages will commence downtown in the Smith’s parking lot at 633 South Main Street from 2–5:30 p.m., with the ultimate goal of educating Cedar City residents about the various recycling opportunities available to them. The event will also facilitate e-waste recycling, where participants may bring their outdated computers, monitors and other appliances for recycling donation.

Designated in 1997, America Recycles Day is a national program under the direction of Keep America Beautiful, a non-profit community improvement organization. Brenda Pulley, national program manager for America Recycles Day, is enthused and encouraged about SUU’s upcoming event. “We are very proud supporters of the SUU Center for Sustainability’s America Recycles Day event and commend their efforts to promote recycling in southern Utah.”

Pulley continued, “Recycling is the easiest thing we can all do to save energy, conserve natural resources and create green jobs. Collectively, through events like these, we aim to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.”

By reflecting Southern Utah University’s core value of community and social responsibility, the Center for Sustainability provides and outreach to engage our students, faculty, staff and community in sustainable living and purposeful inquiry by promoting the sustainable operation of our campus and community and educating southern Utah through research and action oriented community partnerships.

Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. To learn more about sustainability and giving back to your community, visit

Community Sponsors for Cedar City's America Recycles Day: Robinson Recycling, Discount Tires of St. George, Smiths, Wal-Mart of Cedar City, Rocky Ridge Roll offs, Blue Sky, and the Brian Head and Cedar City municipalities.

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