This year marks the 20th anniversary of America Recycles Day (ARD), a Keep America Beautiful national initiative. It is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling within the United States. Each year, thousands of communities nationwide participate in promoting environmental citizenship and take action to increase and improve recycling in America. The goal is to encourage people to pledge to recycle more often and correctly.
Using the social media hashtag, #BeRecycled, Keep America Beautiful asks participants to take the pledge to promote the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling and to encourage more people to join the movement to create a better natural environment. People can also be a part of the recycling solution by being more mindful of how to properly recycle products at home and elsewhere.
There are many methods to recycling that are easily accessible and simple to perform. It is especially prominent that e-waste is recycled properly, as many electronic devices contain hazardous materials that are harmful to our environment. Additionally, much of e-waste is actually not waste at all, but rather whole electronic equipment or parts that are readily marketable for reuse or can be recycled for materials recovery. Below are a few methods you can conduct to ensure that you are recycling responsibly and doing your part in helping the planet remain sustainable:
- BYO (bring-your-own) takeout containers to restaurants
- Swap plastic food storage bags with beeswax wrap
- Purchase reusable water filters or water bottles
- Compost organic food scraps
- Take reusable bags to grocery stores and avoid plastic bags
- Donate or reuse old electronic devices after securely wiping any data
- Dispose of electronics, such as button batteries, at hazardous waste collection sites
- If electronics are too broken down to donate or reuse, find certified R2 or RIOS recycling facilities so that they can dispose of the e-waste material properly
Since the first America Recycles Day in 1997, ARD has helped millions of Americans become better informed about the importance of recycling and buying products made from recycled materials. And now, Americans are recycling more than ever. When ARD was first introduced, the average amount of waste being recycled was 17 percent. Today, Americans recycle around 34 percent of their waste. And this steady growth has created jobs and wages for Americans. But despite the progress, much more can still be done to ensure that the planet is a viable and healthy space.
As an R2, RIOS, and ISO 14001 certified company, HOBI International Inc., is incredibly proud of the movement and achievements that America Recycles Day has made in the past 20 years. As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of ARD, HOBI International Inc., encourages every American to recycle more and trash less!