Let's Celebrate America Recycles Day

Each year on November 15, businesses, schools, organizations and families across the country participate in America Recycles Day, a day to raise awareness about recycling and purchasing recycled products. As a waste services provider specializing in commercial and industrial clients, we’re big fans of anything that brings attention to this important practice. We can all be more mindful of recycling in our workplaces and in our homes.

Of course most of us believe recycling is a good thing, but many are unaware of just how much waste we produce in this country and how small behavior changes can make a difference. A few factors to consider:

  • Did you know Americans use more than 80 billion aluminum soda cans each year? The good news is a recycled aluminum can returns to the shelf in as little as 60 days—and there is no limit to the number of times aluminum cans can be recycled. Studies show they are the most recycled item in this country. In fact, even with so many cans being used, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that aluminum cans account for less than 1% of the U.S. waste stream.
  • Other types of aluminum can be recycled as well, such as gutters, siding, care parts, lawn furniture, and food containers and covers. Interestingly, the aluminum used to wrap the 80 million Hershey’s Kisses each day is enough to cover 40 football fields, but most people don’t think to add those wrappers to the recycling bin.
  • Each month Americans discard enough glass to fill a giant skyscraper. But did you know that all of them are recyclable and, like aluminum cans, glass jars and bottles can be recycled indefinitely.
  • Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles each hour, and most of them are not recycled. But recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning in an incinerator. Recycled plastic bottles are often used to make other types of products, such as insulation for sleeping bags and ski jackets, plastic lumber, stadium seats, or buckets and other containers.
  • Whether at home or in the workplace, we’re inundated with paper, but if every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, magazines and mail, we could save more than 250 million trees each year.

All these numbers mean on average we produce nearly 4.5 pounds of solid waste each day, so each person’s attempt to reduce, reuse and recycle makes a real difference. Check out the infographic below for more useful reminders:

What will you do to celebrate America Recycles Day?

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