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Excited About Books

Posted August 22, 2012 in Community Featured, Boone

Keep Boone County Beautiful (KBCB) and the Boone County Landfill are very excited about books.

KBCB is donating books to all three libraries in Boone County.  The Ericson Public Library, the Madrid Library and the Leonard A. Good Library were able to pick from a list of books provided to them.

In November 2011 Keep Boone County Beautiful and the Boone County Landfill participated in America Recycles Day. America Recycles Day is an annual Keep America Beautiful program. For the month of November KBCB registered two “events” with Keep America Beautiful for their America Recycles Day. Two local events were the annual “Outstanding Business/Workplace Waste Reduction and Recycling Awards” and second was the educational library displays.

There were more than 2,000 events held across the nation reaching an estimated 2 million individuals for America Recycles Day. Only 10 of the 2,000 organizations had their name drawn at random and won a small cash prize. KBCB was excited to win.  Donations of books to the libraries seemed to be the best use for the prize money. During the month of November each library was wonderful to work with when asked for space to set up an educational display.

Each display educated library visitors on why recycling is important and how to recycle in their community. For example, recycling is the easiest thing anyone can do 365 days a year to save energy, conserve natural resources and create green jobs. It takes fewer resources to make paper from recycled material: one ton of recycled newsprint saves 17 trees, one ton of recycled office paper saves 117 trees, and one ton of recycled cardboard saves 165 trees.

Also the importance of buying “Recycled-Content” products makes a difference. Buying recycled-content products promotes recycling. If recycled-content products aren’t bought, markets for recyclable materials dry up and without markets, recycling declines. That’s why we often refer to buying recycled-content products as “closing the recycling loop.”

To ensure that future generations are educated about recycling and conserving natural resources, books were chosen for the children’s department at each library.  Please visit your local library and check out these great books for a child you know.

“The Adventures of an Aluminum Can” by Alison Inches.

“Agatha’s Feather Bed: Not Just Another Wild Goose Story” by Carmen Agra Deedy.

“The Dumpster Diver” by Janet S. Wong.

“Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth” by Mary McKenna Siddals.

“Michael Recycle” by Ellie Bethel and Alexandra Colombo.

Information provided by Lisa K. Anderson, environmental education coordinator.

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