National Recycling Day takes place on November 15 in the USA. This is an important day for everyone, as our planet suffers daily from industrial waste pollution. People can reduce the negative impact if they come together and learn all the necessary information. The date is perfect for this!
National Recycling Day was first conceived back in 1997 and officially recognized by the Keep America Beautiful Foundation in 2009. The goal is to encourage Americans to take part in recycling with the hope that everyone will apply their knowledge every day to help save the environment. Cans, bottles, plastic – all of these require recycling.
The good news is that recycling has become increasingly popular over the years. Compared to 1960, when the rate of recycling was only 7%, today this figure has increased to 32%. The world hopes that in the future this number will reach its maximum. The Keep America Beautiful Foundation offers many programs in the field, such as Recycling@Work, which allows businesses to process waste directly at the workplace.
Despite the progress made in recycling, there are still sad moments:
- Approximately one million birds and a hundred thousand animals die from plastic every year.
- The amount of energy spent on the production of 1 bottle is enough to process 10 pieces.
- 1,5 tons of garbage have been found on Everest, mostly abandoned oxygen cylinders.
- The most common waste on earth is a cigarette butt.
- 130 computers and twice as many cell phones are thrown away every day in the US.
How to take part
It is easy to join the holiday – get into the habit of recycling the necessary waste and sorting garbage. You can also hold events on the subject, or attend events taking place in your city. Invite your friends and family to join in and help the environment!
When is National Recycling Day celebrated in 2023?
National Recycling Day is observed on November 15 each year.