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America Recycles Day

26 October 2022 | 2 Min Read

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Heard that slogan before? These are the fundamental principles to a more sustainable lifestyle and ways to manage any objects you consider as waste. On November 15th 2022, we’ll again celebrate this fundamental sustainability day.

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    What is America Recycles Day?


    This day is based on the intention of raising awareness of recycling and what happens to our waste. Sharing the benefits of recycling, correct recycling and the energy it saves, it’s an initiative to make Americans savvier with their waste, and their disposal habits. The long-term ambition is to motivate more people each and every year to recycle more of their waste, or at least consider changing their purchasing habits to go for more sustainable shopping options.
     

    When did it start?
     

    In 1994, the founding roots for this day started as Texas Recycles Day. The National Recycling Coalition eventually began America Recycles Day in 1997 and has continued to be a part of the Keep America Beautiful program since 2009. In 1999, Bill Clinton signed a proclamation to make it a National day! Some of you may remember the shift in waste attitudes during the 90s and early 00s, so it’s no surprise national and world days really began to get going in the world of recycling and sustainability.
     

    Why do we observe it?


    It’s simple really. We only have one home called planet earth, and we don’t want it strewn with our waste and litter. Recycling can make products like bottles and paper useful over multiple lifetimes. Some of the metal you recycle could even end up in aircraft! Millions of tons of waste end up in landfill sites, and much of that could've been recycled! How many times have you thrown a piece of paper into the trash? Paper can be easily recycled and used multiple times! This proactive awareness campaign just gives us that reminder to make better habits.

     

    How can I get involved?
     

    There are loads of ways of getting involved with America Recycles Day, including the hashtag #americanrecyclesday and tagging @recyclesday on Twitter! They reach over 11 million people across socials on the day, so make sure your voice is heard!

    Make the pledge!

    Why not visit the ARD website and make the pledge to recycle? Learn, act, and share your recycling journey.

    Take The #BERECYCLED Pledge! (kab.org)

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