WEST JEFFERSON-Ashe County is going green.
And two upcoming recycling initiatives will look to give county residents a little incentive to make the right decision the next time they are hauling off their trash or looking for trash receptacles while picnicking on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Most recently, a proclamation was forwarded to the county board of commissioners to proclaim Nov. 15 America Recycles Day in Ashe County.
Making the right call while sorting through disposables is not just a local problem.
Each year, the United States generates more than 250 million tons of municipal solid waste, which is more than four pounds per person per day, according to the proclamation presented to the board.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, our nation has reached an overall recycling rate of approximately 34.5 percent.
Each year, our national recycling rate sends 87 million tons of material to a useful second life instead of the landfill. This also saves the same amount of energy consumed by more than 10 million U.S. households in a year. Additionally, this is the same as avoiding greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing more than 33 million cars, according to the proclamation.
To support the momentum needed for this national initiative, there will be special programming available at the Ashe County Courthouse on Nov. 7 for America Recycles Day.
On Nov. 14, Keep Ashe Beautiful board members will distribute tarps at each convenience center. These are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.