Today, November 15th, is the official America Recycles Day. And what exactly does this mean?
Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States. One day to educate and motivate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. Get involved today!
- Learn. Get educated about the recycling options in your community. Find out what materials are collected for recycling in your community.
- Act. Reduce your personal waste by recycling. Within the next month, start to recycle one new type of material.
The Impact of Recycling
According to Green Waste, the amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years. The average person generates 4.5 pounds of trash every day – about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. Although the EPA estimates that 75 percent of solid waste is recyclable, only about 30 percent is actually recycled. We generate 21.5 million tons of food residuals annually. If this food waste were composted instead of being sent to landfills, the resulting reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would be equivalent to taking more than two million cars off the road. Take the recycling pledge today and start making a difference!