America Recycles Day

November15 is America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful. The official Website for this holiday can be found here  in case you want to sign up and take the pledge to recycle more, or officially register your support, or find events happening in your area.

America Recycles Day was started in 1997 by the National Recycling Coalition and is declared each year by Presidential Proclamation, encouraging Americans to commit to recycling. It is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.

Here are some statistics from the all-recycling-facts website:

  • Energy used to recycle paper is close to 70% less than when paper is prepared using virgin wood and other raw material.
  • Recycling 14 trees worth of paper reduces air pollutants by 165,142 tons
  • Almost every hour, nearly 250,000 plastic bottles are dumped. It is not surprising that plastic bottles constitute close to 50% of recyclable waste in the dumps.
  • The average time taken by plastic bottles to decompose in a landfill is close to 700 years.
  • Plastic not only adds to landfill space and takes forever to decompose, but used plastic dumped into the sea kills and destroys sea life at an estimated 1,000,000 sea creatures per year!
  • Glass is one of the very few products that can be completely recycled again and again. But most often times, it ends up in landfills and never decomposes.
  • A Styrofoam coffee cup discarded today will remain in landfill space for close to 500 years. This is because it does not get decomposed easily, i.e. it is not bio-degradable.

Besides training people to recycle, one of the problems is that there are different laws about recycling and different ways to do it, depending on where you live. When I lived in Seattle, I could recycle a lot of things, and they do more up there now than when I lived there. Where I currently live, folks still aren’t used to recycling. They put inappropriate things in the bins, and we cannot recycle glass or many kinds of plastic. But we can all do our part to at least recycle what we can where we live.


Quotes about recycling:

But our waste problem is not the fault only of producers. It is the fault of an economy that is wasteful from top to bottom—a symbiosis of an unlimited greed at the top and a lazy, passive, and self-indulgent consumptiveness at the bottom—and all of us are involved in it.–Wendell Berry

Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society. We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago.–Erma Bombeck

Even if through simple living and rigorous recycling you stopped your own average Americans annual one ton of garbage production, your per capita share of the industrial waste produced in the US is still almost twenty-six tons.–Derrick Jensen

One green bottle,
Drop it in the bank.
Ten green bottles,
What a lot we drank.
Heaps of bottles
And yesterday’s a blank.
But we’ll save the planet,
Tinkle, tinkle, clank!
–Wendy Cope

One of the few relics of our civilization guaranteed to be recognizable twenty thousand years from now is the potato chip bag.–Edward Humes

This little piggy saved some water,
This little piggy biked for sun,
This little piggy used windmills,
This little piggy used sun,
And this little piggy squealed
All the way home.”
–Jan Peck and David Davis

I’m not out there suggesting that we should ban every plastic product. But there are some whose environmental costs exceed their utility, and the [plastic] bag is one of them.–Susan Freinkel

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