‘America Recycles Day’ is today

America Recycles Day, recognized annually on Nov.15, is designed to celebrate the successes of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling throughout the year.

America Recycles Day is a national initiative of non-profit Keep America Beautiful,Inc.(KAB). Millions of Americans have pledged to increase their recycling habits at home and at work over the 14-year history of ARD,a nationally-recognized initiative dedicated to encouraging people to recycle more at home,at work,and on the go.

Event organizers will proudly declare “I Recycle. Do you?” at events throughout November, designed to educate, motivate and inspire individuals to recycle more while encouraging their friends and families to do the same.People around the country are uniting around the practice of recycling; America Recycles Day 2009 featured more than 850 registered organizations conducting more than 2,500 events.

Online registration is now open at http://AmericaRecyclesDay.org for local organizers to schedule events in their communities and gain access to resources,such as best practices guides,posters (on recycled paper),banners (made from recycled plastic bottles),pencils (made from recycled newspaper), buttons (made from recycled steel), and more. Access to the materials and/or downloadable resources are available to any organization ranging from state and municipal governments to local “green teams” or scouting troops.

Many collateral materials are offered “first-come,first served," so early registrations are highly encouraged. Events can be scheduled any time during the month of November,but should be held as close to Nov. 15 as possible.

New opportunities for high profile events are being offered for 2011.For the first time ever,in partnership with KAB, Walmart locations nationwide are inviting local organizers to hold America Recycles Day educational tabletop events at their stores on Saturday,Nov.12. If you are looking for a high-traffic location for a recycling awareness event, this is a great opportunity.

Details on holding events at Walmart stores are available to registrants as part of theorganizers’ “Go-to Guide.”

Additionally, KAB has joined forces with the College and University Recycling Coalition to produce new resources and guidelines for hosting America Recycles Day events at NCAA football games and tailgating events in collaboration with the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency’s “Game Day Challenge” initiative. More information on this program can be found at http://AmericaRecyclesDay.org.

America’s leading companies and organizations support recycling through sponsorships and partnerships with America Recycles Day 2011: American Chemistry Council, Anheuser-Busch, Earth911.com, Disney’s Friends for Change, Naked Juice, Nestlé Waters North America, PepsiCo and Waste Management. Partners include: Glass Packaging Institute, Soles 4 Souls,Solid Waste Association of North America and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.In addition to financial and in-kind support,many ARD sponsors and partners are planning creative programs throughout the country.

Keep America Beautiful,Inc.,established in 1953,is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization.With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations,Keep America Beautiful forms public private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments.To join America Recycles Day, visit http://AmericaRecyclesDay.org. To learn
more about Keep America Beautiful, visit http://www.kab.org.
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