WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 10, 2014) — Online event registration is now open for America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation’s leading nonprofit that builds and sustains vibrant communities.
America Recycles Day, which takes place annually on and around Nov. 15, recognizes the benefits of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – throughout the year.
When material is recycled, it becomes something new and valuable. A plastic bottle can be recycled into new containers, t-shirts and fleece jackets, park benches, plastic lumber, and playground equipment. Glass is recycled into new containers and may be used in kitchen tiles, countertops, and wall insulation. Products such as structural sections and bridge spans use virtually 100 percent recycled steel. The value lost by discarding packaging rather than recycling is estimated to be $11.4 billion, according to As You Sow.
This year’s America Recycles Day theme, “I Want To Be Recycled,” helps to educate people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers.
Online registration is now open at AmericaRecyclesDay.org for local organizers to schedule events in their communities and gain access to valuable resources to plan, promote and host an event. In support of event organizers, there are best practices guides for hosting events, activity ideas, downloadable posters and banners, media outreach tools, sample proclamations, and much more. Events can be scheduled any time during the fall, but should be held as close to Nov. 15 as possible.
During the 2013 America Recycles Day, there were more than 1,250 educational events; nearly 570 collection events; and even 80 tailgating recycling events at collegiate football games. Become a part of the nation’s foremost recycling day of action – register to participate orpledge to recycle today.
America’s leading companies are proud to make America Recycles Day possible. National sponsors of America Recycles Day to date are: Amcor, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Pilot Corporation of America (Pilot Pen) and Waste Management.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visitkab.org, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.
About America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, and is the only nationally-recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on Nov. 15 to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action. To learn more, visitamericarecyclesday.org.