Each year on November 15, millions of people across the United States take part in America Recycles Day. The day raises awareness about recycling and the purchasing of recycled products.
How we recycle and reuse products are important. For example, one-use water bottles flood America’s waterways and landfills at a rate of 60 million bottles per day. Reducing this number can be achieved with water filtration devices and using portable re-usable drinking bottles and cups.
Reduce waste by repurposing and reusing old items. One of the bests ways to do this is by shopping at secondhand stores. Not only does it prevent items from ending up in the landfill, but it also saves you money. This can serve as a dual-purpose day by dropping off your items that are no longer needed.
One area where Americans excel is recycling aluminum. In fact, the U.S. recycles about 65% of its aluminum. That’s more than any other recycled item. But Americans can do better.
In America, 105,800 cans are recycled every minute.
Your television can run for 3 hours from the energy saved by recycling one can.
The industry pays more than $1 billion annually for recycled cans.
With COVID-19 keeping many people and students at home, this would be a great time to start a new family program of recycling. Teach the children the values of recycling. Start a neighborhood program of collecting aluminum cans and donate any profits to a select charity.
Your local waste management professions are a wealth of information regarding recycling. They’ll give you the hard facts and steer you in the right direction, too. The role of waste management goes far beyond garbage collection. In each community, they provide various services and programs designed to protect and reduce the impact we have on our environment.