By Asha Kreiling
For most of us, November is associated with fall festivities and a gluttonous Thanksgiving celebration. But, not so fast! There’s another holiday we should not forget–America Recycles Day! The 13th annual celebration is happening on November 15th this year, and is a great way to educate others and to become more educated ourselves about recycling. America Recycles Day, started by non-profit organization, Keep America Beautiful, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to raising awareness and to celebrating recycling in the United States. Founded upon volunteer-based community action and recycling education, America Recycles Day will host thousands of recycling-related events across the country to help millions of Americans learn more about improving our communities and the planet by recycling.
Recycling is one of the easiest and most well known ways to help the environment. It saves energy; it conserves resources such as timber, water, and petroleum; and it reduces landfill waste. Recycling also reduces greenhouse gas emissions when new products aren’t being manufactured with virgin materials. Recycling also creates and protects green jobs in the U.S.
According to the E.P.A., recycling rates in the U.S. have been increasing significantly since 1965, but there is still much room for improvement. While we all should be recycling as much as we can each and every day, November 15th shall be an extra special day to make a difference in our communities. Here’s how you can get involved.
The idea of America Recycles Day is to get community members like you and me to organize and host local recycling events all over the country in order to help “promote recycling awareness, commitment and action.” All you have to do is go to the America Recycles Day website (http://americarecyclesday.org/host-an-event-2), create a user account, and register to host an event in your community. The site has various ideas and guides for hosting a recycling event, and promotional and educational materials can be ordered for free off their website. Sample fun activities for children, older kids, and the general public also can be found on the website, making it easy to host an event and to teach the importance of recycling to others.
Attend an event:
If you’re not up to organizing and hosting an event but still want to get involved and make a difference, you simply can attend an event in your community. Click here to find an event happening near you: http://americarecyclesday.org/join-event. Then you will have the opportunity to volunteer or to bring the family to learn more about recycling and improving the environment by participating in fun and educational activities that teach you what, where, and how you can recycle.
Take the pledge:
Show that you care by making a pledge to recycle. http://americarecyclesday.org/pledge/
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