Time to Celebrate: America Recycles Day!

Every November since 1997, America Recycles Day has reminded us why we need to recycle. This November 15, join people across the country in celebrating recycling. After all, recycling allows us to create jobs, supply manufacturers with raw materials, save energy, conserve resources, and reduce pollution! That’s something to celebrate!

Last November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the “National Framework for Advancing the U.S. Recycling System.” America Recycles Day 2020 will build on that work with the America Recycles Summit and Innovation Fair. This event is free, online, and open to the public.

“The EPA is working diligently to identify market-based strategies and innovative ideas to create a more sustainable recycling system in America and across the globe,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in unveiling the report. “I look forward to continuing our work with our partners to improve infrastructure, develop secondary markets, and more effectively communicate with the public about addressing the entire lifecycle of recycled materials.”

“The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is very pleased to be working closely with EPA and other key stakeholders on responding to the recent challenges facing municipal recycling programs, and developing the Framework,” said SWANA Executive Director and CEO David Biderman. “There are a number of reasons to be optimistic about the future of recycling in the United States, including the additional domestic capacity being added throughout North America, the reduction in contamination in recycling programs throughout the nation, and the prospect for congressional legislation providing financial support for recycling. Most importantly, the collaborative work being performed by all the components of the recycling supply chain, with EPA’s guidance, will result in a stronger recycling system.”

This America Recycles Day, you can support recycling by taking the #BeRecycled Pledge to:
• Recycle at home, work, school, and on-the-go.
• Buy products manufactured with recycled content.
• Educate and encourage friends, family, and neighbors to take the #BeRecycled Pledge.

To learn more about the #BeRecycled Pledge or to find or promote an America Recycles Day event or activity in your area, visit America Recycles Day. If you have any questions about recycling programs and America Recycles Day in your community, please contact your local solid waste management authority.

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