[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 224 (Tuesday, November 20, 2012)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 69729-69732]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-28387]

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Vol. 77


No. 224

November 20, 2012

Part IV

The President


Proclamation 8905--America Recycles Day, 2012

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Federal Register / Vol. 77 , No. 224 / Tuesday, November 20, 2012 / 
Presidential Documents


Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 8905 of November 15, 2012

America Recycles Day, 2012

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                For 15 years, our country has celebrated America 
                Recycles Day as a time to focus on conserving valuable 
                materials, keeping our communities clean, and 
                protecting our environment. Today, we reflect on the 
                progress we have made toward fulfilling those important 
                goals and rededicate ourselves to building a more 
                sustainable future.

                Each year, recycling puts millions of pounds of 
                valuable materials back into use. By diverting old 
                products from the landfill to the factory floor, we 
                take meaningful steps toward a greener economy and help 
                power an entire industry centered on recycling, reuse, 
                and refurbishing. We also reduce or avoid the 
                environmental impacts of using virgin materials.

                As many of us prepare to gather with families and 
                friends this Thanksgiving, America Recycles Day offers 
                a chance to highlight another resource that is too 
                often taken for granted: food. Though many Americans 
                lack access to regular, nutritious meals, much of our 
                country's food goes to waste. To put surplus food to 
                better use, the Environmental Protection Agency is 
                partnering with businesses and organizations in the 
                Food Recovery Challenge, which is helping participants 
                support their communities through food donation and 
                protect their bottom line by reducing waste. By 
                consuming carefully and donating what we can, each of 
                us can join in that important work. Food banks and 
                pantries accept wholesome food that meets quality and 
                safety standards, as do many national and local food 
                recovery programs. Through giving to those in need, all 
                Americans can lift up their communities while helping 
                protect the environment we share.

                Aldo Leopold once said that conservation is ``a 
                positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a 
                negative exercise of abstinence and caution.'' With 
                that important lesson in mind, let us commemorate 
                America Recycles Day by taking bold action to preserve 
                our natural resources, strengthen our economy, and 
                protect the bountiful landscapes we have been blessed 

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim November 15, 2012, as 
                America Recycles Day. I call upon the people of the 
                United States to observe this day with appropriate 
                programs and activities, and I encourage all Americans 
                to continue their reducing, reusing, and recycling 
                efforts throughout the year.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                fifteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2012-28387
Filed 11-19-12; 11:15 am]
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