Refuge celebrates Global Recycling Day on March 18




Make upcycled crafts, play Recycling Trivia, watch a free film, learn about Lee County Solid Waste’s recycling program, and take advantage of Refuge Nature Store specials during Global Recycling Dayon Wednesday, March 18, at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.

Molly Schweers, spokesperson for Lee County Waste Management, will kick off the day designed for educating the public about the importance of recycling in preserving natural resources. At 9:30 a.m., Ms. Schweers will talk in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center auditorium about what you should and should not put into your recycling bins and why.

Those who attend the recycling program or Recycling Trivia, which follows at 11 a.m., will receive a 10% discount coupon for the Refuge Nature Store.

The free film airing at noon will be “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” It begins its mission with the ill effects of plastic bags, and then evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effect on waterways, oceans, wildlife and our own bodies. It connects the dots between plastic and around 100,000 marine animal deaths each year — plus human disease, from male infertility to diabetes.

“My awesome education team decided to celebrate the planet on this special day by highlighting the effects of plastic and other trash on our planet,” said conservation educator Sara Soderholm, who leads in organizing the event. “Molly Schweers is a great speaker who is passionate about the work the county does in turning trash into profit. You won’t want to miss her.”

Below is the full schedule for recycling awareness and free fun throughout the day:

¦ 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Recycling discussion with Ms. Schweers from Lee County Solid Waste Department, Visitor & Education Center auditorium.

¦ 11-11:30 a.m. – Recycling Jeopardy with prizes, Visitor & Education Center classroom.

¦ Noon-2:50 p.m. – Free showing of film “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” Visitor & Education Center Classroom.

¦ 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Free make-and-take recycled crafts, Visitor & Education Center classroom.

“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society- Friends of the Refuge supports the Global Recycling Day celebration at the refuge. DDWS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, DDWS works to support J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s mission of conservation, wildlife and habitat protection, research, and public education through charitable donations and Refuge Nature Shop profits. For more information, call 239-472-1100, ext. 236, or visit articles/events.

To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit or contact Birgie Miller at 239-472-1100, ext. 4, or ¦

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