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Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, creates programs and public-private partnerships to engage individuals to take greater responsibility in improving their environment. Keep America Beautiful is preparing for the 17th year of its national initiative program, America Recycles Day, on Saturday, November 15th. With events across the county, America Recycles Day encourages communities nationwide to consider recycling their habitual “throwaway items”. Keep America Beautiful is happy to report that the national recycling rate has increased every year for the past 30 years, with a current recycling rate of 34.5%. Join the movement and join the country in recycling more.

America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. The average American produces 4.4 pounds of trash in a single day, and Keep America Beautiful is asking communities to “Give Garbage Another Life” by raising awareness about what is recyclable and what material can become when recycled. The nonprofit is set to provide educational programs and collection events in communities across the country on November 15th. Interested in getting involved? Here are some ways you can do your part for America Recycles Day:

Take the Pledge – Thousands of events are held on America Recycles Day to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and to encourage residents to sign personal pledges to recycle and buy products made from recycled materials. Keep America Beautiful invites you to take the “I Recycle” pledge, which includes a comment section for personal stories about why you pledge to recycle more. Learn from others and share your reasons for recycling in this free to use, public space. Taking the pledge is as simply as agreeing to the following:

For America Recycles Day 2014, I pledge to:
Learn. I will find out what materials are collected for recycling in my community at americarecyclesday.org.
Act. Reduce my personal waste by recycling. Within the next month, I will recycle more.
Share. In the next month, I will encourage one family member or one friend to take the pledge.

There is also a ticker displaying how many Americans have signed the pledge. I was pledge number 50,968 – what number will you be?

Host an Event – The mission behind Keep America Beautiful is to encourage individuals to take part in improving the environment. People across the country are organizing events on America Recycles Day to educate neighbors, friends and colleagues about the power of recycling. Event organizers are invited to register their events via the America Recycles Day website where it will appear on a national, interactive events map. Also keep in mind that an America Recycles Day event can be as simple as presenting to a classroom, hosting a recyclables collection drive, or staffing a table for recycling information at your local grocery store. The website even features a toolkit page to encourage event ideas. This page also provides information on how to throw a successful event with recycling guides, templates, posters, flyers, and other media materials. Keep America Beautiful provides all of the tools for you to effortlessly promote recycling awareness in your community.

Join an Event – Don’t have enough time to host an event? You can still have a huge impact on America Recycles Day by simply showing up for an event in your community. As mentioned earlier, registered events are posted on an interactive map, making it easy for individuals nationwide to find a local event and join. Based on your zip code, you can find out about events scheduled in your community. Currently, there are 1001 registered America Recycles Day events and that number is only expected to grow. Please also note, that not all registered events will occur on November 15th. America Recycles Day continues well into December. Plus, Keep America Beautiful encourages all individuals to consider throwing events year-round.

Spread the Word – Keep America Beautiful believes in supporting grassroots movements to better our environment. You can help too, by simply spreading the word. Giving the community information about the impact of recycling is extremely valuable and influential. People want to know more about what to do with their throwaway items and reminding them about recycling efforts will only encourage positive habits! Once again, all the information you will need is on the toolkit page, where you can find templates to post in your school, at work, or even on your fridge at home. Individuals can order an “I Recycle” America Recycles Day t-shirt, and purchase other fun, recycled-content giveaways from the official America Recycles Day store. Don’t forget to share your recycling efforts on social media with #AmericaRecyclesDay. The more people who spread the word, the bigger difference we can make.

Recycle! – Of course, the most direct way to show your support is to recycle. America Recycles Day online provides links to direct you to different recycling resource pages to find your nearest recycling facility. Americans can also contribute by purchasing products with recycled content, less packaging and fewer harmful materials. Visit the America Recycles Day website for go-to guides on how to properly recycle specific items such as batteries, electronics, steel, and scrap metals.

Since the first America Recycles Day in 1997, the event has helped millions of Americans become better informed about the importance of recycling and buying products made from recycled materials – and Americans today are recycling more than ever. To learn more about how you can help, visit www.americarecyclesday.org or follow America Recycles Day on Twitter (@recyclesday) and Facebook.

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