Local organizations, including Keep America Beautiful’s national network of more than 600 community-based affiliates, governmental institutions, schools, businesses, faith-based organizations and other community partners, schedule educational workshops and recycling collection events in communities throughout the fall in celebration of America Recycles Day.
“America Recycles Day educates people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers,” said Keep America Beautiful President & CEO Helen Lowman. “This national initiative also highlights how we can be more mindful about using or purchasing products made with recycled content and to do all we can to reduce contamination in the waste stream by recycling right.”
Event organizers can access valuable resources to plan, promote and host an event on the America Recycles Day website where there are guides for hosting events, activity ideas, media outreach tools, and more. Events can be scheduled at any time during the fall leading into the official America Recycles Day celebration, Nov. 15. For recycling educators, the program provides an opportunity to improve recycling by reminding individuals what can be recycled in their local communities.
TAKE THE #BERECYCLED PLEDGE
Keep America Beautiful encourages people to #BeRecycled in every aspect of their lives. Available online and via paper pledges at events across the country, the #BeRecycled Pledge is a promise to actively choose to live a recycled lifestyle by committing to “Reduce. Reuse. Repurpose. Recycle.” in all aspects of one’s daily life:
- Recycling at home, work/school and on the go;
- Buying products made with recycled content; and
- Educating and encouraging friends, family and neighbors to take the #BeRecycled Pledge.
Sponsors of this year’s America Recycles Day include American Chemistry Council, Carton Council, H&M, International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), Keurig Dr Pepper and Northrop Grumman.
Aside from the #BeRecycled Pledge, people can be part of the recycling solution by participating or hosting their own America Recycles Day event. Here is a sampling of creative events taking place in different regions of the country:
America Recycles Day Fair & Art Contest
Nov. 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Keep Brazos Beautiful is conducting an America Recycles Day Fair & Art Contest in which participants can learn about recycling, visit booths of various companies that can help residents and businesses implement recycling, and view various forms of recycled art made by community members.
Fall Into Recycling
Nov. 3, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Join us at the Anita Purves Nature Center to swap Halloween costumes, compost leftover pumpkins, create autumn-themed works of art using recycled materials, and learn more about recycling. Make your own creation from reused or repurposed materials at home before the event and enter to win an award in the fifth annual Creative Reuse Competition!
Saving the Atlantic!
Nov. 13, 4:00 p.m. to Nov. 14, 8:00 p.m.
To help save the sea life and marine birds living on the East Coast, volunteers will put more of the right recyclable items in the right place — and committing to do so into the future.
Light The Way 5K
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Nov. 16, 11:18 p.m.
Keep Sevier Beautiful will be hosting one of its biggest fundraisers, Light The Way 5K at Dollywood. Light the Way 5K participants are treated to a unique race course decorated by Dollywood’s 4 million Christmas lights, which will illuminate the path throughout the park. From 5:00-10:00 p.m., the KSB Teen Advisory Board will be handing out Candy Canes with recycling messages and facts on them to all participants.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Celebrating its 65th Anniversary in 2018, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.
Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.