By Kelly Aaron
Recently, you may have seen the graphic message below, which includes the well-known “circular arrows” image that signifies recycling. If you’re wondering about why the recycling image is featured, keep reading this post and your questions will be answered.
The message announces America Recycles Day, which is today.
Created by Keep America Beautiful in 1997, the main purpose of America Recycles Day is to educate, motivate and inspire individuals to recycle more while encouraging their friends, families and co-workers to do the same. During the event’s 14-year history, millions of Americans have pledged to increase their recycling habits at home and at work, and that number continues to grow.
America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States. Although November 15 is designated as the official date for America Recycles Day, organizations can plan their events to take place any time near that date.
America Recycles Day events include a variety of different opportunities. Some organizations choose to focus on educating people about the importance of recycling. Other organizations offer a place for people to drop off their recyclable materials. The types of materials that can be recycled vary as well. Cans, bottles, electronics and fluorescent bulbs are only some of the items you can recycle at these events. Here are a few tips for creating a year-round bulb and ballast recycling strategy, from an earlier post I wrote.
You don’t have to host an event to get involved. Visit the America Recycles Day website and take the pledge now to get started. You can find America Recycles Day events close to you by entering your zip code at the top of this web page.
Has your company participated in America Recycles Day? Do you have an existing recycling program in place? Please share your thoughts and ideas.