Celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15
(and all other 364 Days of the Year!)
Sunday, November 15, 2015 marks the return of America Recycles Day (ARD) â€“ a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful. First established by the National Recycling Coalition in 1997, ARD represents the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products.
The benefits of recycling are wide-reaching. The simple act of placing a recyclable material in a recycling bin or delivering it to a local recycling facility:
- Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators;
- Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals;
- Prevents pollution;
- Saves energy;
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions;
- Helps sustain the environment for future generations
Recycling is not only good for the planet, it's good for our economy. In addition to creating new jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States, the economic benefits can be felt a little closer to home. According to the Southeast Recycling Development Council, Georgia is home to more than 31 manufacturers that rely on recycled content feedstock. These companies make more than $4.5 billion in yearly sales and employ more than 7,000 Georgians directly in the manufacture of recycled content products. Georgia has the second largest manufacturing infrastructure in the nation for using recycled materials - making it more cost-efficient to transport the stateâ€™s recyclables than merely carting the material off to a landfill. Did you know...?
- One-third of all plastic beverage containers recycled in North America are recycled into carpet in Georgia.
- Georgiaâ€™s Paper Industry recycles almost 8% of all paper consumed in the U.S. and is comprised of 16 paper mills using recycled content.
- One of the worldâ€™s largest aluminum recyclers, Novelis, is based in Atlanta, GA with a recycling plant in Greensboro, GA.
- These companies need more material... and you can help!
As part of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful's 18-year commitment to America Recycles Day and everything for which it stands, we encourage you to become educated on items that can and cannot be recycled curbside, then collect and deliver the remaining recyclable materials to a local recycling facility, like The Recycling Bank of Gwinnett â€“ located at 4300 Satellite Blvd. in Duluth. The Recycling Bank of Gwinnett accepts more than 65 materials including paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, steel cans, scrap metal, plastic bottles and containers, most electronics (SORRY - NO TVs OR MONITORS) and more. Best of all, the facility offers free shredding services for sensitive documents (on select days and times) and a 24/7 drop-off area that is open year-round. CLICK HERE for a complete list of items accepted for recycling at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett. For items not on that list, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful is proud to provide a database of locations that accept additional recyclable materials.
Join us in observing America Recycles Day on November 15, and then keep up the great recycling work all of the remaining days of the year.
Read our 10 Easy Steps to Recycling at Home
Learn how YOU can Start a Recycling Program at Work
https://serdc.org/ 2010 Georgia Material Need Study