Today is America Recycles Day. This annual event, held on November 15th, is celebrating its 13th birthday this year.
Keep America Beautiful started American Recycles Day in 1997 to encourage Americans to recycle and buy recycled products.
Unless you live in a state that gives you money back for your recycling deposits, such as New York and Michigan, you really can’t earn any extra money from being recycle-conscious. Well, if your trash collector participates in RecycleBank, then you’re doing better than most other diligent recyclers.
This year to celebrate America Recycles Day, RecycleBank and Procter & Gamble Future Friendly have joined forces to create “Learn and Earn,” which allows people to earn RecycleBank Points for learning about ways to become better stewards of the environment. (Full disclosure: I used to work with Recyclebank by contributing content to its site. I did this on a pro bono basis.)
If that isn’t enough of an incentive to start recycling, consider the following stats:
- If two million people recycle each paperboard cereal box they use over the course of a year, over 50,000 trees will be saved—that’s twice the number of trees in New York’s Central Park.
- If two million people each recycle just one vitamin bottle next year, they will save a combined 91,500 kWh—as much electricity as the Hoover Dam produces in one hour.
- If two million people recycle two 3-oz. aluminum cans every day for a year, they will each save as much energy as they could burn driving from New York to Los Angeles.
- If two million people recycle their cell phones next year, more than 70,000 pounds of copper will be conserved—almost 10,000 more pounds than are in the Statue of Liberty.
- If two million people each recycle six glass bottles next year, enough glassphalt (50,000 tons!) could be made to repave the 1.4 million square foot Daytona International Speedway.
I hope you will do something recycling-oriented in honor of America Recycles Day–and every day of the year.