Earth Day 2022: San Jose residents explain how and why they recycle to fight climate change

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — The City of San Jose held an Earth Day celebration Friday morning in front of City Hall with the theme of recycling. Where city leaders encouraged residents to pledge to recycle and share how and why they recycle.

“One thing I learned was not to recycle plastic bags, which I thought was good. It turned out that wasn’t right. So I learned one thing that I will share with you today,” said Tam Nguyen of the Vivo Foundation.

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“For example, either after eating yogurt in the morning or after cooking and using a salsa container, what I do before I throw it in my recycling bin is I like to scrape and empty the food that’s left over to avoid contaminating the rest of my recycling bin, so it’s something I do at home and it makes me happy that something so small can make a difference to our environment. I invite you all to do it at home,” shared Marlene Gallegos of Valley Verde.

Mayor Sam Liccardo shared other ways the city is making a difference in the fight against climate change.

“We are, among major cities, the city with collectively the largest share of our energy coming from renewable and carbon-free sources. 95% of our electricity comes from carbon-free sources,” Mayor Liccardo said.

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He also pointed out that the city has about 400 miles of bike paths.

“We’re the number one metro in the country for electric vehicle usage and penetration in our community. And it’s, again, a community effort. And what we really want to do is make sure that everything the world knows they don’t need to be able to afford a Tesla to be part of this green revolution,” said Mayor Liccardo.

The mayor said the San Jose City Council will discuss climate change at its Tuesday meeting, what the city has done and what it can work on.

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