Going Green and America Recycles Day
Recycling is the easiest thing we can all do to improve our community, conserve natural resources, and create green jobs.
Recycling is a multi-billion dollar industry that employs millions of Americans and helps advance our clean energy economy. The value lost by discarding packaging rather than recycling is estimated to be $11.4 Billion.
The average American recycles or composts 1.53 pounds a day. Collectively in the United States, we produce approximately 250 million tons of trash a year, and recycle and composts nearly 35 percent of that total.
When material is recycled, it becomes something new and valuable.
- Plastic- A plastic bottle can be recycled into new containers, t-shirts and fleeces, park benches, plastic lumber, and playground equipment. Plastic bags are recycled into fences, decks, and shopping carts. (While not collected at the curb, many retailers across the country collect dry-cleaning, bread, and newspaper bags along with grocery bags).
- Aluminum- An aluminum can can go from the recycling bin to the store shelf as a new can in as few as 60 days. Aerosol cans are becoming increasingly recyclable. Check locally to see if your program accepts them.
- Glass- A glass container can go from recycling bin to store shelf in as few as 30 days. Recycled glass may be used in kitchen tiles, counter tops, and wall insulation.
- Paper- The 60% of paper recycled in the U.S. is made into products like cereal boxes, tissues, and file folders.
- Steel- Products such as structural sections and bridge spans use virtually 100% recycled steel.
Nothing can be more daunting to would-be recyclers than trying to figure out what can be recycled, when, where and how. Fortunately, with our friends at Earth911, figuring out when, where and how to recycle in your community couldn’t be easier. Find Recycling
Support recycling in our community and take the America Recycles Day pledge.
America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Every year on or around November 15 (America Recycles Day) event organizers like you, educate neighbors, friends and colleagues through thousands of events.