November 15 is “America Recycles Day”… a day that “encourages more people to join the movement toward creating a better natural environment by recycling and buying recycled products” and “promotes the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling.”
Are you planning to celebrate?!?!
Once again this year, as the Recycling/Environmental Programs Chair at our children’s school, I’m promoting this great day by encouraging the kids to submit their best recycling tips and the favorite ways their families recycle. I’ll compile all of their great ideas and turn them into a recycling newsletter that will be sent home to each family. Some will even win cool prizes, like recycled drink pouch pencil bags and recycled newspaper pencils from Terracycle, reusable (yet recyclable!) BPA-free water bottles and 100% recycled content “green” notebooks! I don’t doubt that the response will be amazing… kids always have the best ideas!
So, as we celebrate the day, let’s remember WHY we recycle:
• to reduce pollution
• to save energy
• to help the environment
• to save natural resources
• to keep trash out of landfills
And here are some things to think about …
- PLASTIC– it can take 20 years for a plastic bag to biodegrade and 250 years for a plastic cup! Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour(!) but if every household recycled just one of every 10 plastic bottles, it would keep 200 million pounds of plastic out of landfills each year!
- PAPER – it accounts for nearly HALF of what is sent to landfills and approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.! Plus, recycling one ton of paper would save enough energy to power an average American home for five months!
- ALUMINUM – an aluminum can is recycled and back on a store shelf in approximately 60 days, and just one recycled aluminum can saves enough energy to run a computer for 3 hours. Last year cans that were NOT recycled and went to landfills were valued at $600 million!
- GLASS – a bottle in a landfill would take more than 4000 years to decompose, but glass never “wears out” and can be recycled forever! The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can power a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) for 20 hours.
Now is the time… TODAY is the day… let’s get to recycling! As you can see, it makes a world of difference!