America Recycles Day is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, and is the only nationally-recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in American Recycles day on November 15th to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action. Locally, businesses and organizations on the Eastern Shore have joined together to help protect our environment and communities.
Those who choose to participate in American Recycles Day will declare to up their recycling regimen from November 15th through the end of the month. The goal of the project is to educate, motivate, and inspire individuals to recycle more while encouraging others to do the same.
“Recycling no only protects the environment, it strengthens the community,” said Matthew McKenna, president of Keep American Beautiful, Inc. “The simple act of recycling creates the impetus for innovation and industry and fosters green jobs… Ultimately, recycling improves a community’s cohesion and impacts the local quality of life.”
Electronic Device Recycling
Crisfield Computers (107 N. 7th Street, Crisfield, MD 21817)
November 15th, 10 am – 6 pm
- Collecting and recycling old electronics and computer equipment (computers, laptops. Monitors, printers, TVs, routers, all cords and cables, all computer parts, DVRs, satellites and satellite equipment, vacuum cleaners, radios, and more).
Recycle Right Contest
Prince George County Recycling
1220 Caraway Court, Largo, MD 20774
November 13th – December 3rd,2012, 8 am – 4 pm
- Members from the county’s recycling section will judge recycling carts/bins on randomly selected streets. A winner will be selected from each Council District. Winners will be judged based on material preparation, cleanliness, the absence of unacceptable items, bin placed correctly on the curb and facing proper direction.
Lanham Recycling Facility Grand Opening
4721 Boston Way, Lanham-Seabrook, MD 20706
November 15th, 12 noon
- Celebrate the grand opening of Capitol Asset’s bran new recycling facility. Bring your old electronics and drop them off to be recycled.
Other events can be found by entering your zip code on the America Recycles Day website.
Many local municipalities, including Berlin, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, and surrounding areas, rely on Waste Management Services. to dispose of their house-hold or business waste. Waste Management is a company that is helping to solve the country’s ever-concerning garbage problems.
Waste Management is constantly investing in the most innovative technologies to find ways to reuse the recyclable resources that most residents and business would normally just toss into a trash bin. Waste Management recycles 10-million tons of materials currently. The company hopes to double that amount within this year.
“Where the average person sees plastics, food waste and other materials, Waste Management sees new products, transportation fuels and renewable energy,” said Pat DeRuda, president of Waste Management Recycling Services.
So, what can you recycle? Check out the list below and plan to place your recyclables curbside on November 15th or drop them off at a recycling center during the week.
- Glass containers must be rinsed and lids must be removed.
- Plastic containers must have a recycling symbol (number 1 – 7) stamped on them by their manufacturer. Lids, caps, or plastic rings must be removed.
- Aluminum drink cans should be rinsed.
- Only ferrous, tin, or bi-metal cans that stick to a magnet are recyclable. Cans should be rinsed.
- Paper supplies should be clean and dry, bundled with a string, or placed in disposable bags in stacks of 12 inches or less.
- Only corrugated cardboard is able to be recycled. Boxes should be broken down, clean, dry, and bundled in stacks of 12 inches or less.
Do you take part in helping the environment? Always recycle and try to create as little trash as possible. To take part in American Recycles Day, pledge to recycle more!
To learn more about America Recycles Day, visit them on the web: 2012 America Recycles Day.