Environmental Appeal Letter
YOUR LAST BEST CHANCE TO STOP THE LANDFILL
I’m Dave Jenkins, President and CEO of ECOssociates.
We can stop the county with help from you and businesses like yours. Stop it from taking more of your community’s precious land and filling it with garbage.
We’ll stop it from happening with help from donors like you.
Please Give Now, using the gift form, before it’s too late.
You can help ECOssociates help you and your community grow a thriving recycling center with your generous donation today.
Why is this important?
Here’s a story for you…
Lily finished working a double shift, waiting tables during breakfast, then lunch. She picked up her kids from school and drove home.
She brought the mail in with her. There was a letter from the county.
“What’s this?” she wondered.
Lily opened the letter. She was shocked. The county was buying her home and land.
What? How could they do this? Why do we have to move? Where are we supposed to go?
Why would the county want her home?
The county needs her land because it’s expanding the landfill.
Lily’s town doesn’t have a community recycling program.
And that’s why I’m writing you today.
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What Would A Recycling Program Do for Your Community?
Before we get into its benefits, let’s talk about what NOT RECYCLING means for communities like yours.
All the garbage goes into the landfill in towns without a recycling program.
Or maybe the garbage gets burned instead of going into the landfill.
Burning is good because it cuts down the burden on the landfill. There’s not so much trash filling it up.
But, it has 2 serious drawbacks. First, burning garbage puts toxic particles into the air we breathe.
And second, burning garbage creates ash, which contains heavy metals. These heavy metals are toxic. They contaminate our water and soil.
The plants growing in that water and soil are contaminated. This has bad health effects on the animals and humans that eat the tainted plants.
Not recycling uses up more of our limited natural resources. Natural resources go into making things. The more we use the more it affects the natural habitats the resources come from.
Natural habitats are where wildlife lives and where trees and plants grow.
Pollution destroys these places. Birds and animals no longer live in their natural homes. Trees and plants can’t grow where they belong.
This shatters nature’s balance.
Not recycling increases the amount of energy we use. It takes 67 percent more energy making things from raw materials than it does using already made materials.
Not recycling means more garbage rotting in landfills. It stinks. Worse, it produces methane gas.
Methane gas traps 20 times more heat in the Earth’s atmosphere than carbon dioxide does.
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Landfills are a primary contributor to the greenhouse gas output of the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Not recycling destroys our environment, damages our health and cranks up global warming.
But Your Help Changes the Game
Please help ECOssociates open an office in your community with your donation today.
ECOssociates brings in community-based professional ecology experts who volunteer their time and expertise.
We help small businesses and many types of groups, like churches, schools, and business groups.
We help you learn sustainable, earth-saving practices like reducing or diverting waste, recycling resources, and using sustainable materials.
Your community will know the earth-saving benefits that come from a recycling program, because of your help.
You’ll help clean up the environment. You’ll recycle your community’s garbage instead of dumping it all in the landfill.
This cuts down the amount of land needed for landfills. And smaller landfills equal less methane gas polluting the air. And fewer pollutants in the water and soil.
And fewer bad health effects for people and animals.
You’ll conserve natural resources instead of depleting them by using recycled materials for making things.
You’ll protect the natural environment. Animals and people live in the places they belong. Trees and plants flourish.
You’ll lower how much energy gets used. It takes a lot less energy for converting materials already made into recycled versions than it does making raw materials into brand new products.
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Take office paper for example. Recycling 1 ton of it uses 43 percent less energy than it does starting from scratch. Recovering steel, plastic and aluminum from materials already made has even greater energy savings.
Your donation helps boost your local economy. Recycling is much more labor-intensive than burning or landfilling. Recyclables need sorting and processing. That takes people working in jobs created by recycling.
Recycling programs use 10 times more people than traditional waste disposal firms do, reports the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
Your recycling program is good for business. Sustainable companies and companies that use recycled materials prefer doing business in towns that have a vested interest in recycling.
Fewer landfills mean higher property values.
You and your community will have the deep satisfaction of knowing you’re fighting global warming and protecting the Earth.
Please make recycling’s many benefits a reality for your neighbors and you and your family with your generous donation of $10, $25, $50 or $100-or another amount of your choosing.
This is your last best chance for stopping the landfill.
Your donation today saves the air, the land, and the water…for your lifetime and for your future generations.
Thank you for helping,
David Jenkins, President & CEO, ECOssociates
P.S. Your donation today helps someone like Lily save her home; please act today.