Today Is America Recycles Day

NOV 14, 2012 6:22pm ET

I am always encouraging people to recycle and cut down on clutter-so imagine how excited I was to find that there is a day devoted to just that!

Each year on Nov. 15th, Keep America Beautiful promotes America Recycles Day. Individuals and communities are encouraged to take on projects that promote recycling.  

According to the site, the rate of recycling in the United States has steadily increased since 1980, and the current recycling rate is 34%.    

Locally, here are some interesting stats courtesy of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection:

  • Recycling saves money. Massachusetts residents and businesses throw away 1.5 million tons of paper every year. If we recycled half of this paper, we would save nearly $52 million in disposal costs.   
  • Recycling means jobs. Across Massachusetts, some 19,000 people are employed at 1,400 recycling businesses and organizations with an annual payroll of $557 million and $3.5 billion in annual sales.
  • Recycling reduces greenhouse gases. Recycling helps Massachusetts residents reduce carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of 2 million metric tons annually. That's like taking 1.6 million passenger cars off the road for a year.   
  • Recycling conserves energy. Recycling saved more than 85 trillion BTUs of energy in Massachusetts during 2006 - enough to power 800,000 homes for one year.

While it's great to see the impact of recycling locally, I am actually shocked at how low recycling is overall, and know we can do a better job!

We are happy to promote America Recycles Day and encourage all to reduce, reuse, recycle as much as possible.

The following is a list of links to help you cut down on clutter, opt out of unwanted catalog mailings, and reduce credit card solicitations and other "junk" mail.   

Join thousands of others and take the pledge to improve recycling and reduce waste, here! Currently 29,445 have pledged, let's help push that over 25,000! 

Find out how you can opt out of unwanted catalog, solicitations and junk mail courtesy of Catalog Choice, here.  

Find out about local America Recycles Day activities here.