9/11/2014 1:23:04 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Online event registration is now open for America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation’s leading nonprofit that builds and sustains vibrant communities.
America Recycles Day, which takes place annually on and around Nov. 15, recognizes the benefits of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – throughout the year.
When material is recycled, it becomes something new and valuable. A plastic bottle can be recycled into new containers, t-shirts and fleece jackets, park benches, plastic lumber, and playground equipment. Glass is recycled into new containers and may be used in kitchen tiles, countertops, and wall insulation. Products such as structural sections and bridge spans use virtually 100 percent recycled steel. The value lost by discarding packaging rather than recycling is estimated to be $11.4 billion, according to As You Sow.
This year’s America Recycles Day theme, “I Want To Be Recycled,” helps to educate people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers.
Online registration is now open at AmericaRecyclesDay.org for local organizers to schedule events in their communities and gain access to valuable resources to plan, promote and host an event. In support of event organizers, there are best practices guides for hosting events, activity ideas, downloadable posters and banners, media outreach tools, sample proclamations, and much more. Events can be scheduled any time during the fall, but should be held as close to Nov. 15 as possible.
During the 2013 America Recycles Day, there were more than 1,250 educational events; nearly 570 collection events; and even 80 tailgating recycling events at collegiate football games. Become a part of the nation’s foremost recycling day of action – register to participate or pledge to recycle today.
America’s leading companies are proud to make America Recycles Day possible. National sponsors of America Recycles Day to date are: Amcor, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Pilot Corporation of America (Pilot Pen) and Waste Management.