Carrboro Townwide News

Posted on: April 19, 2017

Your Bottles Mean Jobs



WHEREAS, Carrboro has joined Cities for Climate Protection, adopted a climate protection resolution, and earlier this year unveiled a Community Climate Action Plan; and

WHEREAS, Carrboro’s interest in participating in Earth Day is not only global and related to the reality of climate change, but is inspired by the special and unique ecosystems here in Carrboro, including our forests, fields, creeks, and more urban lands; and

WHEREAS, the residents and businesses of Carrboro dispose annually of approximately 200 tons of plastic bottles or approximately four million bottles in the trash instead of recycling them; and

WHEREAS, North Carolina's plastic bottle recycling industry manufactures a wide range of valuable products from yarns, shirts, carpet, lumber, pipe, bottles, and many other intermediate industrial products; and

WHEREAS, the North Carolina factories producing these goods must now purchase bottles from other states and import them from other countries while our citizens discard billions of bottles within the state; and

WHEREAS, if every household in the Carolinas recycled two more bottles per week it could create 300 new jobs in our region; and

WHEREAS, the state of North Carolina and its plastic bottle recycling industry is seen as a national leader in recycling and materials management; and

WHEREAS, we each have a role to play in ensuring that we pass on a healthy and beautiful world with a rich biological endowment to future generations.  On Earth Day, let us all accept our individual responsibilities to care for the world we live in, and let us marshal our best efforts toward building a safer, more stable, and more sustainable world.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that I, Lydia E. Lavelle, Mayor of the Town of Carrboro, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim April 22, 2017, as  "Your Bottles Mean Jobs Day” in Carrboro.

This the 18th day of April 2017

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