America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative, is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Each year, on and in the weeks leading into Nov. 15, thousands of communities across the country participate by promoting environmental citizenship and taking action to increase and improve recycling efforts in America.
On this America Recycles Day, the EPA recognizes the importance and impact of recycling, which has contributed to American prosperity and the protection of our environment. Consumers and companies all over the country are taking part in organized recycling events and others are doing what they can in their own homes and communities.
Being an R2 and ISO14001 certified company, HOBI believes in the importance of responsibly recycling electronic waste. However, we know that there can be some confusion when it comes to recycling e-waste. That’s why we’ve provided a few tips and tricks for you to remember when it comes to your retired tech devices.
What materials can be recycled? Recyclable household electronics include televisions, computers, computer monitors and displays, tablets, stereos, cell phones and more.
Currently, more than 80 percent of electronics that are no longer in use are just being stored in homes and businesses rather than being recycled. The longer devices sit around, the more the value of the materials decrease. Therefore, don’t hang on to devices you no longer use, and instead find a local recycler that will accept the material.
While many areas have responsible electronics recycling programs readily available to them year-round, consumers do not take advantage. However, there are so many benefits when it comes to recycling. Not only does it help conserve energy and raw materials but it can improve the economy as well. In fact, an EPA study found that every 10,000 tons of materials recycled supports nearly 16 jobs and $760,000 in wages.
The recycling rate has increased from less than seven percent in 1960 to the current U.S. rate of 35 percent. However, we still have a long way to go. That why even though America Recyclers Day comes once a year, you can still help improve your environment every day. HOBI urges you to take the pledge along with 76,340 other Americans and help take the necessary steps towards creating a more sustainable planet.