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On America Recycles Day, Local Group Calls For Higher Standards for How We Deal With Waste

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Today is America Recycles Day, an observation that has been in place on November 15th since 1997. Schools, communities, retailers, and groups mark the day by holding events that focus on recycling, and provide people with a chance to learn and participate.

One local coalition, Don't Waste LA, is launching their campaign today to get Angelenos to recycle more, and to see to it that we are able to recycle where we work and live. This morning, they are holding a press conference at City Hall to talk about their goals; speakers include Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Bill Rosendahl, and Jose Huizar; LAUSD Board Member Nury Martinez, and other community leaders and professionals.

Don't Waste LA wants to see "Los Angeles and the entire region emerge as a national model for efficient, effective and safe recycling and waste management." They have four areas of concentration: More Recycling & Re-Use, Clean Air & Streets, Fairness for Customers, and Green Jobs.

LAist asks: Do you make it a practice to recycle? What could be done to make recycling more commonplace in L.A.?