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Happy American Recycles Day!

November 15, 2011

America Recycles Day (ARD), takes place on November 15 every year. Millions of Americans have pledged to increase their recycling habits at home and at work over the 13-year history of ARD, a nationally-recognized initiative dedicated to encouraging people to recycle more at home, at work, and on the go.

National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful is proud to lead the celebration, providing resources and supporting the activities of over 1,500 grassroots event organizers across the country.

“Recycling is the easiest thing that any individual can do to reduce his or her carbon footprint, save energy and protect natural resources,” said Matthew M. McKenna, president & CEO of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. “While we celebrate the power of recycling on this special day, it’s something we should all make a conscious effort to do every day of the year.”

“On America Recycles Day, EPA encourages all Americans to consider their role in creating a healthy environment by being responsible consumers. By making smarter choices, consuming less, and reusing and recycling, each of us can contribute to a healthier and more sustainable environment,” said Mathy Stanislaus, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

Events ranging from electronics recycling events and paper drives to contests and art exhibits can be found in your local community. You can find events near you by visiting, which features a search-by-zip code tool. Even if there’s not a formal event in your area, there are lots of ways to take part.

  • Find out what you can recycle in your community and where – you might be surprised at your options. Visit and simply type in your zip code for the most comprehensive listing.

Get more recycling facts, tips and tools at

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