America Recycles Day is November 15

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That’s right, next week  it’s America Recycles Day. And how are we doin’ with that, anyway?

Well, only about 38% of Americans describe themselves as avid recyclers. Which is a good start; but we’ve still got a long way to go.

This year, the Ad Council and Keep America Beautiful (KAB) have launched a public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to raise awareness about the benefits of recycling, with the goal of making recycling a daily social norm.

The campaign directs audiences to IWantToBeRecycled.org, a new website with a localized search tool allowing users to find where to recycle either at their curbside or their nearest recycling center. Visitors to the website can learn about the recycling process through an interactive infographic, and obtain detailed information on what materials can be recycled, how they should be recycled, and what products they can become in the future.

Both of the above sites are great centralized sources of information for individuals and organizations who want to step up their recycling efforts, and need help finding out how to go about “doing the right thing.”

And here’s our contribution to America Recycles Day:  links to a few of our previous posts that offer some guidance in how to dispose of the “pesky” items nobody knows what to do with when downsizing a home, in an ecologically responsible way:

Carpeting and Rugs

Electronics

Shoes

Videotapes, CDS and other Pesky Items

It can be daunting, thinking about all the waste we’ve generated, and how much of it still ends up in landfills. But let’s not be daunted. Let’s be excited, instead, about all the clever ways we’re finding to reuse, recycle–and keep America beautiful.

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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