America Recycles Day (ARD) is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. But what exactly is it, you ask? Since 1997, every year on and around Nov. 15, thousands of local event organizers mobilize throughout their community to educate millions of people about recycling. Not only are communities uniting for the sake of a common cause, but they are taking time to educate and spread the word on the importance of recycling and recycling correctly.
Not many people know that there is a right and wrong way to recycle, but there is! In fact, one of the biggest barriers to recycling is knowing what items can (and cannot) be recycled. Based on a recent Keep America Beautiful (KAB) survey, 58 percent of respondents indicated that they are somewhat to not at all knowledgeable about how and what to recycle. This year, KAB hopes everyone will help in its mission to promote and spread awareness of what can be recycled, and how to recycle it correctly.
Wondering how to get involved in America Recycles Day? As a reader of Earth911, KAB invites you to plan your own ARD event by taking advantage of the wide variety of tools and resources KAB offers to make event planning easy and successful. Once it’s planned, register your event here — this allows your event to become part of the national network of ARD events.
“America Recycles Day provides the encouragement and know-how to make recycling a common practice every day of the year,” says Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “We invite you to host an event in your community — invite your family and friends from work, school and your neighborhood to participate in America Recycles Day and to take the #BeRecycled Pledge in a collective national effort to improve recycling in our country.”
Events can be scheduled at any time during the fall leading into the official America Recycles Day celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Some examples of previous events include an electronics drive, a plastic bag “get caught recycling” event at a grocery store, a waste-free lunch at a middle school and a pledge drive at a neighborhood meeting. KAB loves out-of-the-box recycling-related ideas!
Additionally, as part of the campaign, KAB encourages you to ask your networks how they live a recycled lifestyle by taking the #BeRecycled Pledge, which is a promise to actively choose to live a recycled lifestyle by committing to reduce, reuse, recycle in all aspects of daily life. This includes:
- Recycling at home, work/school and on the go
- Buying products made with recycled content
- Educating and encouraging friends, family and neighbors to take the #BeRecycled Pledge