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November 15th is America Recycles Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then get ready to make America beautiful because it's America Recycles Day!  Put that plastic bin to good use!  Let's get right into celebrating America Recycles Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, this day actually got its start back in 1997 thanks to the people at EnviroMedia and the National Recycling Coalition. It's a special day where people in the United States are encouraged to not only recycle but to also buy recycled products. It wouldn't make sense to recycle if no one bought the recycled products, right? But it's become such a big holiday that even Staples and the EPA sponsor it. And it's been a part of Keep America Beautiful since 2009.  But why should we recycle, right? Well, there are over 250 million TONS of trash in the United States alone... that's a lot of trash! But if you keep piling up trash, you'll just end up with smelly mounds of dirt everywhere, and no one will want to live near the trash. And eventually we'll run out of places to put it. So what's the solution? You recycle what you can, use it again and keep it out of the landfills!

And you know, holidays like this seem to be helping because we have increased the amount of recycling we do by 100% in the last decade. But we still only recycle a little over half of the paper products we throw out. And the United States seems to be the biggest producer of trash, since we throw out 4.6 pounds of trash, per person, per day. The silver lining on that smelly cloud is that we appear to be recycling 1.5 pounds of that trash, per person, per day... but that's only a little over 30%!  I think we can do better than that!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, does your town provide you with those plastic bins you can put out on the curb? If they do, then look it up and see what kind of things you can put in it, go through your trash and recycle what you can. If you don't have that curbside program where you live, then look in the phone book or online and see where there is a recycling place near you. And guess what? If you take the stuff in yourself, they will usually pay you by the pound for a lot of the metal you bring them... yeah, you can get paid to celebrate today!  And if you really want to get paid, you can go around town with trash bags and collect different metals to take to the scrap yard. You'll be cleaning up your town, recycling, celebrating and you'll get some greenery in your wallet in the end. I know, I know... it's not really why people should recycle, but it sure is a perk, isn't it?

And if you want to ensure the recycling process is moving along nicely, then why don't you go shopping, for things that you normally buy, and only purchase products that are made from recycled materials. There are a lot of different things out there you can buy that are just as good as the non-recycled products, whether it's paper, plastic or any other type of item. And you know, you could recycle some old junk yourself. Fix up an old table or find random ways to put "trash" to good use.  Have a great day and enjoy beautifying the United States!





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