To the Editor:

America Recycles Day, November 15, was developed to celebrate the progress that we’ve made recycling as well as offering an opportunity to raise awareness about the value that recycling brings.

Reusing recyclables to make new products conserves energy, reduces emissions and conserves natural resources.  You may be surprised to know that the most recycled material in North America is steel and according to the Steel Recycling Institute, “More steel is recycled annually than paper, plastic, aluminum, glass and copper combined.”  You may be surprised that Covanta Marion, your local energy-from-waste facility, is one of the major contibutors to this recycling effort.

Every year, Covanta Marion recycles approximately 5,105 tons of metal items including cans, small appliances, tire rims and other types of scrap metal found in household waste including ferrous metals like iron.

We’re proud to be part of the recycling community.  During the last calendar year, Covanta’s Energy-from-Waste facilities recycled over 800 million pounds of ferrous and 30 million pounds of non-ferrous metals; that’s the equivalent weight of five Golden Gate Bridges and one billion aluminum beverage cans.

We’ve all got a cause to celebrate, and not just on November 15, but every day.

Karen Breckenridge

The writer is business manager at the Covanta Energy plant in Brooks.