America Recycles Day: Keep America Clean and Green
November 15 is America Recycles Day, a national campaign to promote recycling in the United States. Learn how you can keep America clean and green.
Take the Recycle Pledge
November 15 is America Recycles Day (ARD). This national campaign promotes recycling in the United States. Since 1997, Americans have gathered annually to celebrate a cleaner, greener nation.
The ARD campaign is a program of Keep America Beautiful, the largest volunteer-run community action organization in the country. Several corporate sponsors fund ARD to promote recycling awareness and its environmental and economic benefits.
Anyone can host an event, and everyone can participate: families, friends, neighbors, colleagues, schools, and community organizations. Event organizers ask participants to sign a pledge to recycle more items throughout the year. They also encourage Americans to buy more eco-friendly products made from recycled or natural materials.
Visit the America Recycles Day website and enter your zip code to find ARD events in your area.
City Recycling Programs
Most American cities encourage recycling, composting, and other methods of ensuring safe waste reduction and disposal. Your city probably has a curbside recycling program. Do you participate?
By placing your recyclable items in a recycle bin instead of the trash can, you can prevent valuable resources from ending up in a landfill. The new products manufactured from recycled materials decrease America's dependence on her limited natural resources.
Curbside recycling guidelines differ for each city, so contact your community's waste management department for details. The following guidelines are general guidelines for the residents of San Antonio, Texas. Most recycling programs have similar guidelines.
Curbside Recycling Tips
Recycling is easy with a curbside recycling program, and it is very effective for managing your home's solid waste. Here is a short list of recycling DOs and DON'Ts for San Antonio. The list presents general guidelines for curbside recycling at your home or office.
DO Recycle These Items
- Paper: Junk mail, catalogs, newspapers, magazines, circulars, phone books, gift wrap
- Cardboard: Cereal boxes, dry goods packaging, paper towel and toilet tissue cores, broken-down boxes
- Office supplies: File folders, printer paper, calendars, sticky notes
- Glass: Bottles, jars, and other glass containers
- Metals: Aluminum cans, steel cans, lidded cans, empty aerosol cans
- Plastic: Items with a "recyclable index" of 1-7
DO NOT Recycle These Items
- Branches, bagged leaves
- Batteries, hazardous household waste
- Facial tissue, toilet tissue, paper towels
- Plastic bags, plastic packaging, packing peanuts
- Aluminum foil, metal coat hangers
- Wax-coated cardboard containers
How will you celebrate America Recycles Day? Leave a comment and join the discussion. If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your social networks.
- ARD contributors. (2011) "Take the Pledge." America Recycles Day. Retrieved November 3, 2011.
- City of San Antonio, Texas. (2011) "Curbside Recycling." San Antonio Solid Waste Management. Retrieved November 3, 2011.
- Keep America Beautiful. (2006) "Who We Are: An Overview." Keep America Beautiful. Retrieved November 3, 2011.
© 2011 Annette R. Smith
More in this Series
Natural fiber bath towels are kind to your skin and the environment. Green your bathroom with bamboo, hemp, and cotton towels.