Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Much has been written about the plague of discarded water bottles, and how a great percentage of them make their way into landfills around the country and into our waterways. The need for recycling programs only grows, but with municipalities strapped for cash, their recycling programs may bear the brunt of budget constraints.
I've become a tad obsessed with the water bottle issue lately. In a quest to reinstate Jericho High School's water bottle recycling program, I visited a student intern at East Coast Recycling today and met with Eco Action Network founder Jessica Rigal. East Coast Recycling has taken on the Herculean task of collecting unwanted plastics and turning them into viable materials such as plastic pellets or even back into bottles. Their forward-thinking ideas serve two purposes-- keeping green jobs here on Long Island and keeping Long Island green.