Each year, November 15th is dedicated to recycling in America! The day was started by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and many communities across the country host various events to promote, celebrate, and raise awareness about recycling before and after this special day. Below, we've provided all the information you need to know so you can get involved for America Recycles Day and apply these learnings well beyond a single event!
In the month prior to America Recycles Day, KAB encourages you to take a pledge to commit to recycling—However, we suggest you take this pledge whenever it feels feasible, even if it's after this specific event. The pledge outlines three things you must do to recycle more (and recycle better!):
Learn what materials are collectable for recycling in your community
Reduce the amount of waste you produce, reuse more materials when possible, and buy products made with recycled content
Encourage family members and friends to take the #BeRecycled pledge
You can get started anytime by signing up for the pledge, here.
They also ask you to commit to recycling or reusing one of the following items: plastic bottles and caps, plastic bags and wraps, electronics, unwanted mail and shampoo bottles.
Best practices for recycling these items:
It's best to collect rinsed and numbered plastic bottles so the materials remain clean and valuable! As for bottle caps, check with your local recycling facility. Sometimes, the caps are made from a different plastic than the bottle, so they can't be recycled together.
Plastic bags can be tricky to recycle because they gum up recycling machines. KAB recommends that you take your plastic bags to your local grocery or retail stores for them to properly recycle these items.
There are many resources available that will help you easily recycle your unwanted electronics and divert them from landfill. Most retailers, like Best Buy or Staples, will allow you to drop-off or ship your e-waste for free or low-cost. See the EPA list here.
A resourceful way to reduce the amount of paper you produce is to recycle your unwanted mail. You may also want to consider removing your name from junk-mail lists whenever possible.
Rinse and empty your shampoo bottles and check the bottle for specific recycling instructions. Be sure to check with your recycling facility about shampoo bottle caps, too!
In addition to taking the pledge and committing to recycling, you can get involved this America Recycle’s Day by hosting or joining an event in your community. You can find events in your area, or pick up event ideas, by clicking here and searching for your zip code.
If you have any questions, or need help getting recycling started for your business, get in touch with us, or leave a comment below, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks for reading and happy America Recycles Day! ♻️