Recycling once again has its day

Recycling once again has its day

By Bobby Elliott, Resource Recycling

Nov. 15, 2013

The 17th America Recycles Day (ARD), organized by Keep America Beautiful (KAB), is taking place today. Here's a quick rundown of some of the ways companies and groups are getting in on the action.

KAB organized sessions on commodity markets in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on Nov. 14, inviting various industry groups to participate, including the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the American Chemistry Council and the Ad Council.

KAB is also partnering with online grocery company Fresh Direct. Fresh Direct delivery boxes headed to the Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania will bear messaging from the recent "I want to be recycled" public service campaign.

Electronics giant Sony is hosting e-scrap recycling events in four cities on Nov. 15: San Diego and Carson, California; Itasca, Illinois; and Park Ridge, New Jersey. Asking residents to "bring it to ARD at Sony," the company is offering free recycling services for a host of used home electronics.

Sims Recycling Solutions has partnered with a group in downtown Nashville, Tennessee to set up a temporary e-scrap recycling center on ARD. Nashville residents, employees and business can bring in their used electronics to the center and Sims will transport dropped-off items to their recycling facility.

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful will be hosting its own "Philly Recycles" day on Nov. 15. In addition to running a recycling drop-off center, the group will be spreading the word about why recycling matters today and the potential "second life" objects can have when recycled or reused.

To coincide with ARD, the Environmental Industry Associations released study findings on American recycling attitudes and habits. According to the study, 82 percent of respondents expressed pride in recycling and 74 percent will "make an extra effort" to recycle more outside their homes.

Plastics Make it Possible, an initiative funded by American Chemistry Council, will be sending 30 mobile recycling bins to six cities with large college campuses to increase outdoor recycling activity and help educate the public about the benefits of recycling. The cities include: Tempe, Arizona; Bloomington, Indiana; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Seattle, Washington; Boston, Massachusetts; and Washington, D.C.

Colgate University, located in Hamilton, New York, will be tackling more than just opposing players during its Nov. 15 gridiron matchup with Lehigh University. A tailgate recycling program will attempt to ensure all game day recyclables, from those red plastic cups to corrugated pizza boxes, don't end up in the trash.

Students of Coolidge Middle School in Granite City, Illinois are hosting a plastic bag recycling contest this week, asking students to bring in their clean single-use plastic bags. The homeroom bringing in the most bags wins "a special treat" (despite our best journalistic efforts, Resource Recycling was not able to identify what type of treat that will be).

To view an interactive map of all ADR events taking place this week, visit ARD's official website. In addition to event information and educational resources, the site asks individuals and businesses to "take the pledge" and commit to learning more about recycling, increased recycling and spreading the word.

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