November 15 of each year is known as America Recycles Day. It is a day to educate, motivate, and make recycling bigger and better than ever. The 2020 celebration of the holiday is focusing on individual action, highlighting the actions we can all collectively take to address the challenges in the recycling system. It is also a time for the economic, environmental, and social benefits of recycling to be recognized.
According to a Yale University Study, recycling levels in the U.S. are currently around 21%. Despite representing just 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. generates more waste than any other country worldwide. It is extremely important to recognize the significance of recycling and the impact it would make if we all took small steps to improve and conserve resources. Here are a few tips to get you started with recycling in honor of America Recycles Day:
- Don’t feel as though you need to jump in full-force, 100%. Baby steps are okay and it is about the effort you are putting in to begin recycling at all. Give yourself permission to integrate one step at a time and be on your way to a more sustainable form of living.
- Reduce, reuse. This isn’t just a slogan! Begin by reducing the amount of wasteful materials you consume such as plastic water bottles and replace them with a reusable substitute. Even if the goods you use are recyclable, you don’t want to overfill your bins. Reuse where you can.
- Know what you can recycle with curbside pickup. Contact your local garbage disposal company and request a recycling bin to use alongside your normal trash bin. The general guidelines of what can be recycled from home are paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum and glass.
- Place a designated recycling bin next to the trash can inside of the home. This will be a place to easily toss cardboard paper towel and toilet paper rolls, product containers, scrap paper, and other recyclable items you would otherwise throw in with the regular trash.
- When shopping, look for items that are made with recycled materials. It helps to know that you are using your money to support greener business practices and letting companies know that eco-friendly products are important to you.
It doesn’t take too much work to begin recycling, just the effort and motivation to make the change. You will feel accomplished knowing you’re taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint and what better way to begin than celebrating America Recycles Day?