Make A Difference In The World By Recycling
Whether you have been an avid recycler for many years or are just starting to recycle, listen up! November 15, 2018 is America Recycles Day! It was started in 1997 by the National Recycling Coalition, and since then, has grown in popularity, and gained support and momentum on social media.
Practical Ways to Get Started With Recycling
- Get familiar with what your local recycler can and can’t recycle.
- Talk to your children about recycling, and get them excited about it. Children are the future of recycling, and if we don’t pass the vision of recycling onto our children, it will die away.
- Take your own reusable bags when grocery shopping.
- Share about your experience on social media. Don’t forget to use the Hashtags: #BeRecycled and #AmericaRecyclesDay
If recycling looks like a large and overwhelming project to start, begin with only one category of recyclables. Commit to saving just paper or plastic bottles. Then slowly add the different types of recyclables. It is better to recycle only one category, and to know exactly what is acceptable, than to try to recycle all of the different types of recyclables, and get overwhelmed or confused on what is recyclable.
According to the website for America Recycles Day, the current recycling rate in America is 34%. That means that not even half of the products that are recyclable are being recycled. These products are then adding to our landfills, and may even end up in our oceans, endangering the animals that call our oceans “home”.
The most important thing to take away from America Recycles Day is that there are 3 different steps to recycling. First, learn what your local recycler can and can’t recycle. Second, act on the information you were given. Third, share your knowledge about recycling with your community. All three of these steps are important to becoming an effective recycler.