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Recycling Pledge

The more we recycle, the less garbage ends up in our landfills. Recycling helps reduce air and water pollution, conserves energy, saves landfill space, preserves natural resources and even creates jobs! Did you know that by recycling 1 ton of paper, we save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space and enough energy to heat an average home for 6 months!!!!? We can all do our part to protect and conserve our limited natural resources. By reusing aluminum, paper, glass, plastics, and other materials, we can save production and energy costs, and reduce the negative impacts that the extraction and processing of virgin materials have on the environment.

Taking the pledge is simple:

  1. Discuss with your family the actions you are willing to take.

  2. Check the boxes next to the actions you choose.

  3. Submit the form with your completed information.

  4. Print and hang the pledge where you and your family will see it every day.

I pledge to make recycling and waste reduction a habit for life...

Recycle at home, school, and work.
Educate others on waste reduction and recycling.
Avoid hazardous chemicals and choose non-hazardous products whenever possible.
Dispose of paint and chemicals safely. Find out when my local household chemical collection days are: click here or call (813) 348-1111 (City of Tampa customers only).
Recycle my yard waste.
Start a compost pile.
Recycle plastic shopping bags -- participating supermarkets accept clean, dry plastic bags.
Recycle button and cadmium batteries by taking them to designated collection sites.
Sell or donate old clothing, furniture, computers and appliances.
Borrow or rent books, tools and other items I rarely use.
Install a rain barrel to recycle rain water. (City of Tampa customers can request one for free here.)
Buy recycled products. Look for products with recycled content and packaging.
Look for items that don't require packaging. These include fresh produce or dry goods free of clear wraps, boxes and foam trays.
Avoid individually-wrapped portions such as cheese slices, fruit or single-serving containers like juice.
Select concentrated products such as frozen juice, fabric softeners or sauces that can be mixed in reusable containers.
Purchase the largest size or quantity practical. Buying in bulk greatly reduces waste.
Buy recyclable goods (e.g. cleansers in plastic pump bottles, not aerosol cans).
Choose reusable goods (e.g. buy rechargeable batteries, store leftovers in empty food containers instead of using plastic wrap or foil).
Limit purchases and think before I buy -- avoid impulse purchases and buy only what I need.


Please complete the form below to receive your free "Recycle Today... Save Tomorrow" wristband and informational postcard (while supplies last, mailings within the U.S. & Canada only). (*required data)
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