Get Ready to Recycle for National Recycling Day

National Recycling Day, otherwise known as America Recycles Day, is just around the corner. On November 15, we’ll recognize the importance and impact of recycling, which has contributed to economic development, job growth, the protection of our environment and more. According to National Geographic, Americans send 64 tons of waste to landfills during their lifetime—246 million tons of waste each year. That’s a lot of waste.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages every American to contribute to recycling efforts by recycling right, not only on National Recycling Day, but all year long. As a country, we’ve made progress when it comes to recycling. The EPA reported that the recycling rate has increased from less than 7 percent in 1960 to the current rate of 32 percent. To continue recycling efforts and celebrate National Recycling Day, here are a few things you can do to bring awareness to an important issue that’s shaping our world.

Fully Commit to Recycling

We’ve all said it—“I’ll start working out and eating healthy on Monday.” But then Monday rolls around and you snooze that 6 a.m. alarm to go to the gym. So you say to yourself you’ll start next Monday. Then a month rolls around and you’ve made no commitment and no progress. In our case, there’s no better day to start recycling than National Recycling Day! There’s more to recycling than just dumping cans into a recycling bin. Use November 15 to make your commitment to reduce, reuse, recycle and buy recycled. Use this day to educate yourself and start with simple steps like getting a recycling bin for your personal use. You’ll kickstart your recycling habits and set yourself up for recycling success.

Join or Create a Recycling Event

Recycling events are a great way to help your local environment. Find opportunities and educational classes from your local chamber of commerce, town or city. Or create your own event! Invite friends and family to build a compost. Host an electronics recycling event in your community. Volunteer your time to clean up beaches, highways and parks, and recycle trash that’s left behind. Pick a spot, any spot, and recycle what you pick up. Make a difference that you’ll feel good about!

Spread Awareness on Social Media

Share your recycling commitment on social media and use the hashtag #AmericaRecyclesDay and #BeRecycled on November 15. Your choices matter! Today and every day, we have the choice to make a difference for our planet. Follow @KeepAmericaBeautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit for litter prevention and creators of National Recycling Day.

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