SANTA MARIA - The City of Santa Maria Utilities Department is recognizing "America Recycles Day." It's a nationwide initiative to keep America beautiful.
Participating in America recycles day is just another way to raise awareness about the need to reduce waste by reusing, recycling and buying recycled products.
Americans generate about 230-million tons of solid waste per year. That is more than four and a half pounds per person per day.
While the nation has reached an overall recycling rate of thirty three percent, much more can be done, especially in purchasing products made with recycled content.
This is Santa Maria's second year participating. So, Tuesday city staff will be giving out post-consumer recycled items like motor shop towels, pencils, magnets, and reusable shopping bags at the scale house located at the Santa Maria landfill.
Tuesday's giveaway at the landfill will only go while supplies last. However, there will be people on hand throughout the day to educate the public on recycling.