Congratulate Austria on Exceptional Recycling Programs

Target: Heinz Fischer, President of Austria

Goal: Commend the Austrian government for its eco-friendly dedication to recycling solid waste

Of all the progressive environmental regimes in the European Union (EU), Austria and its government take the cake for accomplishments in recycling.  Europe’s re-use of materials like plastic and glass has reduced greenhouse gas emissions from municipal waste by 56 % – a figure equivalent to 38 million tons of CO2 – and Austria is leading the revolution. Appreciate Heinz Fischer for steering his country in the right direction, and congratulate Austria on its devotion to recycling.

Years ago, the EU set a goal for its member countries to recycle an average of 50% of materials and organic waste by the year 2020.  With a solid waste recycling rate of 63%, Austria is ahead of the game. This information was released in a report by the European Environmental Agency that examines European management of municipal solid waste. The term “municipal solid waste” consists mainly of household waste such as plastic and glass – two materials that Austria is very serious about reusing.

Recycling plastic is a priority by law in Austria, and Austrian glass recycling regulation is considered some of the best in Europe. This is thanks in large part to a company called Austria Glass Recycling. The organization collects and reuses an astounding 80% of the glass in circulation throughout Austria each year. The glass is then used as a secondary raw material for the production of new bottles and jars. Through its various initiatives, media presence, and state-of-the-art facilities, Austria Glass Recycling has led the country to new horizons in sustainability. This kind of dedication to recycling is something businesses across the globe must aspire to.

If the rest of the world and the United States achieved recycling rates as high as Austria, the future of our environment would be in much better standing. Reusing materials cuts down on production of new products, in turn reducing economic and environmental costs from synthesizing and transporting goods. In this respect, Austria is leading the way to a green planet, and must be honored for its accomplishments. Sign this petition and congratulate Austria on achieving the highest recycling rate in Europe and providing an example of sustainability the world can follow.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Heinz Fischer,

In today’s ever-expanding economy, our world’s valuable resources are disappearing at an alarming rate. The movement towards sustainability is vitally important, but has been slow to catch on in many countries. In contrast, Austria stands as an example of excellence in resource conservation. Having recently attained a solid waste recycling rate of 63%, your country is a world leader in sustainability.

Thanks to Austria’s environmental consciousness, out atmosphere has been spared innumerable tons of carbon dioxide. Use of non-renewable resources has been significantly reduced, and other countries have Austria to use for inspiration in environmental policy. These crucial developments are a breath of fresh air in a struggling global environment. Thank you, and thank the country of Austria for its dedication to recycling.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

photo credit: Washington and Jefferson college via  capl@washjeff.edu

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