Each year, Americans generate between 250 and 400 million tons of garbage. The amount of waste generated has tripled since 1960, and every day the average American will personally produce 4.6 pounds of waste. At times, the amount of waste produced around the world can seem staggering, but that’s not to say we can’t all do better. Only 10% of solid garbage in the United States is recycled each year, however that is a 100% increase over the last decade. Slowly but surely, Americans are doing their part to cut down on unnecessary waste and reduce their carbon footprint.
Each year on November 15th, thousands of Americans come together to remind each other of the impact that we can all have by celebrating America Recycles Day. America Recycles Day was initially established as a grassroots movement with two main objectives: get people involved in their local communities and educate people on the impact they can have by working to recycle more. This was accomplished by having members of the community organize events designed to educate people on the importance of recycling while providing a service in the local area. Events can range from collecting recyclables in local schools to art festivals showcasing work from recycled materials.
Just like recycling, it’s incredibly easy to get involved with America Recycles day. If you go to the America Recycles Day website, which is listed below, you will find a multitude of tools for both locating an event in your area, and even starting your own event. The America Recycles Day website provides you with toolkits explaining recommended activities, event registration, advertising materials, social media engagement, and anything else that will help to establish an event in your own community. This hyper-personalized platform is a great way to create something that is meaningful to you and the people in your community.
Even if you are unable to take part in an America Recycles Day event, you can take a pledge on the website to commit to making an effort to recycle when you can. As of now over 70,000 American’s have taken the pledge to recycle. At the end of the day, we can all do better when it comes to being less wasteful. While recycling may seem like a small task, together we can all make a big difference.
America Recycles Day Website: https://americarecyclesday.org/pledge/