FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|CONTACT:||Buel C. Young||MVA External Affairs|
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Celebrates The 40th Anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, 2010
GLEN BURNIE, MD (April 21, 2010) - The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day at MVA Headquarters on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9AM with the revamping of its recycling initiative and the planting of tree seedlings.
Last year, the MVA recycled 283,046 lbs of paper, which equates to 2,406 trees or 425 cubic yards of landfill space. In addition, the license plates returned to the MVA totaled 545,580 lbs of used steel plates and 39,449 lbs of used aluminum plates, last year. All were recycled at the Maryland Correctional Enterprises. On April 22, the MVA is unveiling an enhanced recycling program for customers and employees, which will add the recycling of plastic, glass and aluminum to the paper already being recycled. The goal is a 20% reduction, statewide in MVA related waste.
“The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) believes that the protection of the environment and the sustainability of natural resources are essential elements of its mission,” said MVA Administrator John Kuo. “Forty years ago, Americans came together to remember that the stewardship of our natural resources is the stewardship of the American dream. More than 20 million people across the U.S. are estimated to have participated in that first Earth Day. By the end of 1970, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established to improve air and water quality. Today, Earth Day is celebrated every year by more than a billion people in 180 nations around the world.”
In addition to the recycling program for waste in all the branch offices of the MVA, the agency also promotes energy saving transactions that are intended to save Marylanders at trip to an MVA branch office. Not only is the wait in line eliminated by the transaction that is completed over the telephone, through the mail or online, the emissions saved from the reduction of automobile trips helps clear the air. Last year, almost thirty percent of the more than twelve million transactions the MVA completes each year were done by customers who did not walk into one of the MVA’s 22 branch offices. Approximately seven percent of those transactions were completed online. For more information on how to use the MVA’s online, mail or telephone services, log onto the MVA’s website, http://www.mva.maryland.gov/ or call the customer service center at 800- 950-1682.