November 15 is America Recycles Day (ARD), the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging recycling throughout the United States. This annual event motivates individuals to make a commitment to recycle, purchase recycled products, and encourage others to do the same. Since the first commemoration of America Recycles Day in 1997, millions of Americans have pledged to increase their recycling habits.
Wondering what you can do to support America Recycles Day this year? There are a myriad of ways to get involved. Here are a few suggestions:
- Recycle – Find out what you can and cannot recycle through your curbside pickup program or at a nearby drop-off location. Special items, such as electronics or used batteries, typically cannot be processed through a curbside pickup program, but can be dropped off at some electronics or office supply stores.
- Purchase recycled products – By purchasing items made from recycled content, you are supporting the market for these goods and making recycling a more economically favorable option for manufacturers.
- Raise awareness – Provide recycling themed educational materials to a local school, or hold a “clear out your files” event at the office, and collect the papers to be shredded and recycled.
- Attend an event– Many sponsoring organizations are hosting ARD events across the country. Visit the official America Recycles Day website to find an event near you.
This year, take the pledge to make a difference in honor of America Recycles Day. When you recycle locally, you are taking part in a nationwide campaign to protect our environment and keep America beautiful.