Whatever Happened to National Recycling Month?

So, last year there was a National Recycling Month. We wrote about it here.

But when we tried to find a press release with information about this year’s planned activities, the first two things that came up on our search were…well, our own posts. And we couldn’t find a central source of information for this year’s National Recycling Month. (If we’ve missed it somehow, we hope someone will tell us where it is! Hopefully in a way that doesn’t make us feel too stupid.)

So, what happened to National Recycling Month, anyway?

Here’s the  story: in 1989 President George Herbert Walker Bush officially declared April  National Recycling Month.

And in the meantime, everyone has kind of lost interest in the topic? Surely not.

We haven’t, and we know that millions of other people haven’t either. So we propose to carry on celebrating National Recycling Month just as if it were being officially sponsored.

April really is a perfect time for a National Recycling Month, what with spring cleaning,  and Earth Day coming up on April 22, don’t you think?

There are some national recycling activities  going on this year. Here’s a story about Evanston, Illinois participating in a nationwide contest sponsored by the Cans for Cash program, which rewards municipalities for increasing their aluminum recycling.

We invite you to join us in keeping both the spirit and the actions of National Recycling Month alive, in whatever ways you can. And if you know of other nationwide celebrations of National Recycling Month, please let us know!

Here are a few posts from our archives that we hope will help you find new ways to keep our trash out of the landfills, making the earth a healthier place for us, for our children, and their children.

Janet Hulstrand is a writer/editor,  writing coach travel blogger, and coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home.


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