America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. It is celebrated each year on November 15 and this year’s theme is “I want to be Hairbrush.” America Recycles Day was started by the National Recycling Coalation in 1997, and is now part of Keep America Beautiful. Each year, it seems like America Recycles Day gets more support, through social media and local events.
Recycling is an important factor in conserving natural resources and greatly contributes towards improving the environment. Below are some helpful hints about recycling in and around the home.
1- Find ways of recycling different materials
Many materials can be recycled, such as paper, plastic, metal and glass. Other items such as furniture, electronic equipment, building material and vehicles can also be recycled but many people don’t often think to do so.
2- Buy products that can be recycled.
When shopping at the supermarket, buy products that can be recycled easily such as glass jars and tin cans.
3- Buy products that have been made from recycled material.
You can tell if a product is eco-friendly by looking at the label on the packaging.
4- Avoiding buying hazardous material.
It is difficult to recycle products that contain hazardous waste. Try to find safer alternatives to household cleaners and buy non-toxic products whenever possible.
5- Recycle bins.
Make sure you have a recycle bin in your home. Keep it in an obvious place so you won’t forget to use it. Your local council should be able to provide you with a recycle bin that can be used for materials such as glass, paper, aluminium and plastic.
6- Planting trees
Planting trees in your garden helps to improve the environment by reducing global warming and providing a home for many animals.
Composting is a process where waste degrades into compost, which can then be used in your garden to help it grow. It is an excellent way to recycle garden and kitchen waste such as plant trimmings and leftover food.
8- Grass cycling
Grass cycling is an excellent way of recycling grass cuttings after mowing the lawn. Simply leave the cuttings on the ground instead of throwing them away, they will turn into nutrients and act as a fertilizer in the soil.
9- Local recycling facilities
Facilities are provided for community use. Find out where your local recycling facilities are and how to use them.
10- Schools and businesses
Can play an important role in recycling. Follow the recycling schemes provided by your school or workplace and think about ways to improve them.
11- Community projects
Become involved in local community projects regarding recycling by donating money or providing and implementing new ideas.
America Recycles Day Toolkit
Check out all the awesome resources for workplaces, schools, and communities that will help bring awareness to recycling and help increase recycling! Here is the America Recycles Day Toolkit with go-to guides, templates and downloads, and featured activities.
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