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National Recycling Day

Make a difference on National Recycling Day - reduce, reuse, and recycle to help protect the environment and conserve natural resources!
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Celebrate National Recycling Day on November 15 and join in the global effort to reduce waste! This day was first created in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan, who declared that “Recycling is a personal responsibility of every American.” Since then, recycling has become an important part of our everyday lives as we strive for a more sustainable future for generations to come.

History of National Recycling Day

National Recycling Day Dates

National Recycling Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1988</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of National Recycling Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Ronald Reagan declares the first National Recycling Day to highlight the importance of recycling.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Recycling Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>Congress passes the Solid Waste Disposal Act, marking a commitment by the U.S. government to recycling and waste management.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1995</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Curbside Recycling Spreads</div><div class='timeline-text'>Curbside recycling becomes mainstream in major cities across America, increasing the ease and accessibility of recycling for citizens.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Electronic Waste Recycling</div><div class='timeline-text'>Recycling programs begin to address electronic waste as tech devices become increasingly common in households.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Recycling Movement</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Global Recycling Foundation is established, promoting and supporting National Recycling Day initiatives worldwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Recycling During COVID-19</div><div class='timeline-text'>Despite the pandemic's challenges, cities find innovative ways to continue recycling programs and educate individuals on its importance.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Recycling Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Compost food scraps</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Composting is an easy and effective way to recycle organic materials like food scraps, paper towels, and more. Just create your own compost bin at home or find a local composting program.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Reuse items</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Reduce the need to buy new items by finding creative ways to reuse what you already have. For example, old t-shirts can be turned into reusable grocery bags and worn jeans can be turned into shorts.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate usable items</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Rather than throwing out usable items, donate them to a local charity or thrift store. This is a great way to help those in need and reduce waste.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Recycle paper, plastic, and cans</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make sure you are recycling any paper, plastic, and cans that you use. These materials can easily be recycled through your curbside recycling program.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Shop secondhand</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Save money and resources by shopping at secondhand stores for clothes, furniture, and other household items. You never know what hidden gems you might find!</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Recycling Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps protect the environment</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Recycling helps reduce waste and prevent pollution by ensuring that materials and resources are reused rather than discarded. This not only helps to conserve the environment, but it can also save money by reducing the need for new materials or resources.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes sustainability</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Recycling is one of the best ways to promote sustainability for generations to come. By encouraging people to reuse and repurpose materials, we can help make sure there are plenty of resources for future generations to use as well.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It creates jobs</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The recycling industry is an important part of many economies around the world, providing jobs and economic opportunities to thousands of people. By participating in National Recycling Day, you can help create more job opportunities while doing your part to help protect the environment!</p></div></div>

5 Remarkable Facts for National Recycling Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees</h3><p class='facts-content'>Recycling paper not only conserves resources, but it also helps in reducing deforestation. Each ton of recycled paper is the equivalent of saving 17 mature trees.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Glass recycling is an eternal process</h3><p class='facts-content'>The efficiency of glass recycling is such that a single glass bottle can continue to be recycled into other glass bottles indefinitely, without any loss of purity.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Recycling aluminum is energy-efficient</h3><p class='facts-content'>Recycling aluminum cans uses 95% less energy than manufacturing new ones. It also produces 95% less air pollution and 97% less water pollution.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Recycling plays a critical role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions</h3><p class='facts-content'>Recycling materials, rather than producing them from virgin sources, generates significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change mitigation efforts.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Recycling reduces landfill space</h3><p class='facts-content'>Without recycling, more waste would go directly to landfills, taking up valuable space and potentially releasing harmful methane gas. Every recycling effort helps to conserve our landfill spaces.</p></div></div>

National Recycling Day FAQs

When is National Recycling Day?

National Recycling Day is celebrated on November 15 every year. In 2024 National Recycling Day will occur on a Friday.

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