Did you know there’s a whole day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in America? America Recycles Day is a nationally recognized day that encourages communities to participate in various activities that promote recycling and influence others to get involved. As advocates of recycling, reducing waste, and improving waste diversion, we wanted to do our part and educate our readers to help us celebrate such an important day in our country! Read on to discover how you can participate this America Recycles Day, and every day.

The History of America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day (ARD) was started by the National Recycling Coalition in 1997 and is celebrated annually on November 15th. Since 2009, ARD has become an initiative of the environmental group Keep America Beautiful (KAB). The goal of ARD is to promote recycling and increase the country’s recycling rate, which is currently stagnant at 34%. Keep America Beautiful encourages consumers and businesses to host or attend an event to raise awareness about recycling, so the practice can become part of their everyday lives. Keep America Beautiful also asks that everyone commit to recycling by taking the #BeRecycled pledge, which challenges America to “learn, act, and share”. So far, over 76,000 people have taken the pledge this year.

Spreading Awareness This America Recycles Day

At RoadRunner, we aim to treat every day like it’s America Recycles Day, but to commemorate the holiday, we wanted to share some of the tips we provide businesses to help them recycle more:

know what's recyclable

It’s important to know what’s recyclable so the wrong items don’t end up in your recycling.

break down your cardboard

‘Breaking it down’ creates more space in your dumpster, reducing the number of pickups needed.

keep it
clean

Get the most value for your recyclables by keeping your clean materials and landfill items separate.

Compost your food waste

Food waste is heavy and expensive to throw away as waste. Composting is much more cost-effective!

Know What To Throw

Styrofoam, plastic grocery bags, and greasy pizza boxes are among the items that are not recyclable!

Spread The
Word

Inform your coworkers about why recycling is so important and share these tips with them.

How Can You Get Involved?

Take the #BeRecycled pledge, which asks you to learn what materials are collected for recycling in your community, act by reducing the amount of waste you produce, and share the pledge with friends and family.

It’s also not too late to sign up to host your own event! In the past, cities have hosted shoe recycling campaigns, volunteers have organized trail clean-ups, and schools have set up awareness booths on campus to promote recycling among their community. All event will help make a difference and we’re excited to see the ideas people come up with this year!

If you’d like to join an event that’s already been registered, here are some public events that are being held in a few of RoadRunner’s markets:

Irving, TX:
Nov. 14 @ 8am –
Nov. 15 @ 5pm

Join Keep Irving Beautiful and seniors from the YMCA team to promote and collect recyclables in Irving, TX.
Learn more.

San Antonio, TX:
Nov. 15 @ 3:45-5:45 pm

Students Offering Service is hosting its annual America Recycles Day Fall Festival on Thursday, Nov. 15. There will be games, food, and prizes from 3:45 – 5:45.
Learn more.

Several Locations Throughout PA:
Sep. 1 – Nov. 30 @ 12pm

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its affiliate network hold special collection events throughout the state for hard to recycle items. Learn more.

RoadRunner has encouraged each of our employees to take the pledge, and many of us will be participating in America Recycles Day, whether it’s by sharing the #BeRecycled pledge or attending a local event. We’re eager to hear how you plan on celebrating America Recycles Day, let us know in the comment section below!