I Want to Be Recycled

By: James Gowen
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Can we all do more when it comes to recycling? Yes!

Each year on November 15th, America Recycles Day (ARD) inspires us to look at recycling with fresh eyes. This year’s slogan is “I Want to Be Recycled” and underscores the many unsuspected items that can be recycled or reused. On the home front, prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses can be “recycled” by donating them to someone in need. Check 1800recycling.com to see ways to appropriately recycle a nearly-endless list of items.

For the 4th year now, Verizon is holding e-waste recycling events in honor of ARD. This year, we have 18 locations participating all across the country. In 2012, we collected 24,709 pounds of materials at ARD events. These ARD events all contribute to our long-term goal of collecting 2 million pounds of e-waste by 2015. So far, we’ve collected 1.4 million pounds at community and employee recycling rallies.

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So how can we each increase our individual impact? Consider participating in some of these programs

And be sure to check out the America Recycles Day website to find out about recycling events near you!

About the author(s): 

James "Jim" Gowen is a change agent. Since taking on the complementary roles of vice president of Supply Chain Operations and chief sustainability officer for Verizon in 2009, he has enlisted more than 10,000 employees in 23 countries to help reduce the company’s environmental footprint.

Gowen oversees “green” initiatives across Verizon including the introduction of a carbon intensity metric, fuel and energy reduction, employee and supplier engagement, paper suppression, waste reduction and recycling. In his supply chain role, Gowen leads centralized operations with responsibility for more than $2.5 billion in annual through-put.

Gowen earned his master's degree in business administration from Long Island University and his bachelor's degree from Manhattanville College. He is located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.