America Recycles Day is November 15 (that’s this Thursday)! Every year, one nationally recognized day is set aside to bring the country together for a day to encourage, educate, and celebrate recycling. Events are held all over the country, usually at schools or community centers. Local organizations are the biggest participants in ARD. Event attendees are often asked to sign pledges dedicated to recycling more and to buy products made from recycled materials. Arguably recycling is the most common form of environmental responsibility, and events like this keep people educated on recycling updates in their communities and keep up recycling enthusiasm.
America Recycles day is a program of the non-profit Keep America Beautiful since 2009. They provide promotional support and provide resources to local event organizers. Financial sponsors of ARD are in the private and public sectors, and the EPA is an especially large partner.
Here on campus, student groups are mobilizing to get the word out about recycling. GreenSpace is hosting Recycle the Runway for a second year. Student groups create costumes out of used materials and demonstrate the creative ways discarded plastic, bottles, cans, utensils – anything – can be reused. Recycle the Runway will be at Thursday November 15 at 7 pm in the Interfaith Chapel. There will be prizes!
If you are unable to attend an ARD event (and they are scarce in Rochester) you can take the pledge here! Happy recycling!
By Alanna Scheinerman, Class of 2013