FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2001
Tyson Jess, an 11 year old sixth grader from SIXES Elementary School, Canton, Georgia, was honored at a White House ceremony today as one of 14 national winners in the America Recycles Day Federal Poster Contest. Tyson's winning poster creatively illustrates his equation for a clean, beautiful, and healthy world: trash plus the Earth equals a dirty, unhealthy world, whereas recycling plus the Earth equals a healthy, scenic world. At the bottom of his illustration, Tyson wrote, "You do the math."
Tyson is the son of Robert Jess, a Fish and Wildlife Service employee based in Atlanta, Georgia. At home, Tyson, his parents, and his four siblings recycle paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum. The Jess family also gives used goods to Goodwill, which Tyson sees as another form of recycling.
The America Recycles Day Federal Poster Contest is a national contest open to children of federal employees from kindergarten to twelfth grade. The contest, now in its fifth year, is organized by the White House Task Force on Recycling. Tyson's poster was chosen from more than 60 finalists. Entries were submitted by students from 16 states and overseas locations, representing half a dozen Federal agencies. Tyson's poster and the other winning artwork will be featured in a 2002 calendar available from the White House Task Force on Recycling.
Since 1997, November 15 has been officially recognized as America Recycles Day. The event has rallied the business community, environmental groups, and government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels around the cause of recycling. Through these partnerships, American businesses and consumers are being encouraged to purchase recycled products, boost recycling efforts, and start new recycling programs.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American produces more than four pounds of waste every day. The latest EPA statistics show that Americans recycle more than 64 million tons, which represents 28 percent of the total waste stream in the nation and a doubling of the recycling rate since 1990. By using products with recycled content and creating new markets for such products, Americans can help conserve the nation's natural resources.
This year, America Recycles Day is being sponsored by the White House Task Force on Recycling, the EPA, the Ford Motor Company, Waste Management, Inc., The Home Depot, The National Soft Drink Association, Staples, the 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance, and many others.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 94-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses more than 535 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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