In honor of America Recycles Day on Monday, November 15, Allied Waste Services of Santa Barbara encourages everyone in the community to increase their recycling habits at work and at home to protect our resources, our environment and our quality of life. As the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products, America Recycles Day promotes one of the easiest ways for people to get involved in protecting our environment – recycling.

“Recycling is an easy way to help conserve natural resources, save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming,” said Stephen MacIntosh, general manager of Allied Waste Services. “It all starts with learning which materials are recyclable and placing them in the proper container to ensure their reuse.”

Allied Waste Services will be giving away free reusable bags on November 15 to customers shopping at Tri-County Produce in Santa Barbara (335 S. Milpas Street), and Albertsons in Goleta (5801 Calle Real) as part of its effort to raise awareness and to encourage the use of reusable bags. The bags will be available on a first come, first served basis.

The purpose of America Recycles Day is to continue to promote the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling and encourage more people to join the movement toward creating a better natural environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for three hours, or a television for two hours.

“Of course, we should all be recycling every day,” said MacIntosh. “It’s a simple activity that we can all participate in and feel good about doing.”

Allied Waste of Santa Barbara is part of Republic Services, a national leader and innovator in the waste management industry. It is responsible for the first ever solar landfill covers, and through its 78 recycling facilities nationwide, the company processes enough aluminum, glass, plastic and paper to save more than 41 million trees annually. In 2009, Republic recycled 3.3 million tons of material – more than 200 pounds per second! For information on more of Republic’s environmental programs, visit us online to view the company’s sustainability report.

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Allied Waste Services is known for its curbside waste collection in the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara and in areas of the unincorporated County of Santa Barbara. Allied is also known for its excellence in customer service, competitively priced construction waste hauling services, and its blue garbage trucks – 50 percent of which are powered by emissions reducing compressed natural gas! The company is committed to helping local governments and businesses reduce the amount of waste sent to area landfills by diverting waste in safe and sustainable ways, such as recycling, re-use, and composting. For more information visit our local website.

Republic Services, Inc. provides recycling and solid waste collection, transfer and disposal services in the United States and Puerto Rico. The Company’s various operating units, including collection companies, transfer stations, recycling centers and landfills, are focused on providing reliable environmental services and solutions for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers. For more information, visit the Republic Services website.


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