There are two recycling holidays each year. You’ve heard of Earth Day, but do you know about America Recycles Day?
America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day is a national initiative started by Keep America Beautiful. It is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. On November 15th thousands of communities across the country participate by promoting environmental citizenship and taking action to increase and improve recycling in America. You can download a toolkit on how to organize a recycling event on the America Recycles website.
Earth Day, April 22 each year, dates back to 1970 when it was first celebrated. It was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson to promote ecology and the respect for life on Earth. It was started to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution. The first Earth Day celebrations took place in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States.
In 1990 a group of environmental leaders organized another big campaign. Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. In 1995 President Bill Clinton awarded Senator Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role as Earth Day 2017 founder. Today, it now is observed in 192 countries, and supported by the non-profit Earth Day Network.
The Value of Promoting the Recycling Industry
How are these nationally recognized days viewed by a company in the recycling business for close to 75 years?
We welcome the attention and promotion given to the recycling industry. Education and awareness are beneficial to our industry, and help support recycling initiatives throughout the US and the world. By teaching the positive impacts of recycling to school age children, this instills a positive attitude toward environmental awareness and our industry as a whole.
As we all know – future generations will become our future leaders – and support of our environment and long term sustainable initiatives is imperative. Proper education is key.
Did you celebrate America Recycles Day? We did… with another day of business as usual by keeping 200 tons of waste out of the landfill!
Contact us to learn more about how your business can recycle better with Miller Recycling.