Keep America Beautiful and National Recycling Coalition are collaborating to help United States residents celebrate America Recycles Day. The national day, started on November 15, 2007, is centred online at www.americarecycles.org
Visitors to AmericaRecyclesDay.org and event attendees are being encouraged to take part in local initiatives as well as take the Recycling Pledge – committing personally to recycle more in the coming year. The site’s “Conversionator” tool helps visitors calculate the environmental impact of their recycling efforts.
“Recycling has meaningful implications for energy conservation, natural resources protection, and ultimately reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions,” said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. “By celebrating America Recycles Day we are spreading the word that we all have a responsibility to support recycling through our daily choices and actions, including purchasing products manufactured from recycled materials.”
November 15 is also a day for Americans to collectively celebrate our successes. The nation’s composting and recycling rate rose from 7.7 percent of the waste stream in 1960 to 17 percent in 1990 and is currently hovering around 33 percent. Curbside recycling access has grown significantly over the same period.