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NOVEMBER 15, 2022

ONE DAY to educate.
ONE DAY to motivate.
ONE DAY to make recycling bigger & better.

About America Recycles Day

It is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States! Held on and around November 15, America Recycles Day educates and encourages individuals on how to be more mindful of what they consume, where and how to properly recycle, and to pledge to recycle more and recycle right in their everyday lives.  

Focusing on individual action, the day highlights the actions we can all take to collectively address the challenges facing our nation’s recycling system. Through ARD, Keep America Beautiful and its partners inspire communities and individuals to recognize the economic, environmental, and social benefits of recycling. Keep America Beautiful urges people to pledge to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle in every aspect of their life. The #BeRecycled pledge is a promise to actively choose to live a recycled lifestyle by: 

  1. Recycling at home, work, school and on the go; 
  2. Buying products made with recycled content; and 
  3. Educating and encouraging friends, family, and neighbors to take the #BeRecycled pledge 

Aside from the #BeRecycled Pledge, people can be part of the recycling solution by participating or hosting their own America Recycles Day event. Events can be scheduled at any time during the fall leading into the official America Recycles Day celebration, Nov. 15. Keep America Beautiful encourages all participants and event organizers to follow state and local health guidelines pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Sponsors of this year’s America Recycles Day include Title Sponsor Cox Enterprises, International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), and BlueTriton.  


Register your event and be part of the official number of ARD events. Your event will appear on the interactive ARD event map.

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Our event resources includes social media materials, logos & tip sheets to promote recycling awareness in your community.

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Want to get involved with recycling in your community? Use our interactive map to find an event near you.

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How did America Recycles Day begin?

Also known as National Recycling Day, this day began in 1994 after 2 employees of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality suggested the idea to the Nation Recycling Coalition. The first America Recycles Day was officially held on November 15, 1994 and had at least 40 states taking part.

Why is recycling important?

Recycling is important to ensuring our planet remains healthy. There are many great reasons and benefits to recycling which include:

  • Reduces landfill waste
  • Conserves natural resources such as oceans and forests
  • Helps lessen the burning of fossil fuels which can decrease the emission of greenhouse gas

What can be done on America Recycles Day – and every day – to reduce waste?

It all starts with having less things. Before you shop, think about whether you really need that item. If you do need the item, then you can determine if it is a “green” product. Is it eco-friendly, has it passed standards for energy savings and is it something that is built to last?

Download the PDF for the full story of A Tale of Two Landfills

America Recycles Day Recycling Hero Award 2021

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