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National Recycle Day
Cause
Please Recycle!

When: November 15th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Round up all your plastic, paper, and aluminum cans around your home and take them to a recycling center.  Read about the advantages of recycling and how much you can help mother earth by recycling many of the items we consume on a daily basis.

Numbers

It has been reported that the U.S. recycles less than 22% of its discarded materials.

Description

When I was a child the idea of recycling was in its infancy and many people around the world did not understand or recognize the benefits of recycling.  In fairness, in years past , there also was not the infrastructure in place to handle such tasks and make the process easy and readily available to most consumers like there is in todays modern times.  I remember people would collect soda pop cans made of aluminum and turn them in for scrap metal yards for money, or turn in bottles to the store so that re use could happen and be more cost effective for the manufacturers.  All of these activities however were more focused on the economic impact rather than for the positive environmental reasons.  As we become more educated about our planet and scare resources, society has started to adopt new measures to recycle goods and reduce the waste and pollution that comes with throwing away certain types of garbage.  Today its much easier than ever to select a recycle bin over a regular trash can when it comes time to discard an item.  Lets all think about this wonderful earth we all live in and today make a better effort to recycle! 

Interesting Facts

  1. Recycling generates 7-10 more jobs that landfills and waste to energy plants.  
  2. Recycling properly creates valuable resources for U.S. manufacturing and can become a highly valuable export to countries such as China and India.
  3. Recycling conserves finite natural resources - this is critical as ​population continues to grow exponentially.
  4. Recycling is a $200 billion industry in the U.S.
  5. Recycling conserves fresh water up to 95% in the mining and manufacturing process for many materials.

Information

Observed:
  • November 15th
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