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August 15, 1999

First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan Launches Recycled "Treasure Trunks"

SPRINGFIELD -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today helped prepare Illinois for America Recycles Day by launching two "treasure trunks" containing recycled-content products as they began a statewide journey from the Illinois State Fair.

The two trunks will travel throughout the state making about 25 stops between Aug. 15 and Nov. 15 highlighting products made with recycled material.

"While it's important to recycle as many discarded household items as possible, we also need to make sure there is a market for all the old cans, bottles, paper and plastic that is collected," Mrs. Ryan said. "By noting all the different recycled-content products that are available, we can help encourage consumers to complete the recycling process."

After the trunks leave the State Fairgrounds, one will head north and the other south. At each pre-arranged destination, a recipient will place a different recycled product in the trunk. After the trunks complete their travels around the state, Mrs. Ryan said they will be opened on Nov. 15, which marks the 3rd annual America Recycles Day.

The Department of Commerce and Community Affairs' (DCCA) Bureau of Energy and Recycling is coordinating the treasure trunks' journey across Illinois.

"By having these trunks stop in different areas of the state, we'll be able to spread the word about the significance of 'buying recycled,'" DCCA Director Pam McDonough said. "Many people don't realize that there are numerous products made from recycled materials that are available at their local stores."

Many of the recycled-content products placed in the trunks are made in Illinois. Mrs. Ryan contributed a cookie cutter, flower pot, date book and air filter. All the items were made in Illinois with recycled materials.

The theme for this year's America Recycles Day is "Be a Better Buyer, Buy Recycled!" In addition to local events, national organizers have planned a sweepstakes in which recycled products will be given away. The grand prize will be a new home made with recycled building materials.

For more information on recycled products or America Recycles Day events in your area, call DCCA's Bureau of Energy and Recycling at 217-785-2800.


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