On November 15, when the country celebrates America Recycles Day,
it’s a good time to remember to try to do your part in helping the
environment. Started by the National
Recycling Coalition in 1997, America Recycles Day is now part of “Keep America
Beautiful” and each year gets more and more support.
There are so many easy ways to practice recycling and here are few
Repurpose household goods and clothes by
donating them to thrift stores and charities. From unwanted furniture,
children’s clothing and toys, books, and household items, your cast offs can
make others happy. Our local library
welcomes books that they sell or donate.
Magazines can be dropped off at a senior center or hospital that others
Switch to refillable hard plastic water
bottles rather than use Styrofoam cups.
Many coffee shops such as Starbucks are
switching to paper straws but try to remember to not request straws where they
still are using plastic straws.
Because so many of us are using the internet
for shopping, the use of cartons and boxes has grown. Reuse them or recycling them.
Avoid plastic bags by bringing your own. I keep totes of different sizes in my car for
groceries and other things and work hard at thinking ahead and bringing a tote.
Dry cleaners bags, newspaper bags and other excess plastic bags can be taken to
recycling bins at your grocery, Walmart and other stores.
· Talk to
your kids about recycling. Be a good
role model and share tips with them. Beyond the typical paper, plastic, and
aluminum, how can they recycle their clothes, toys, or electronics? How can
they use recycled items into art projects or gifts?
· Keep a
refrigerator list of what can and can’t be recycled. It’s a good
reminder for the family. Different towns
may vary on what is recycled.
· Try to buy recycled when you can. When you purchase items that are made from
recycled materials, you help eliminate the need for virgin materials. I enjoy
making crafts from recycled glassware and a friend recycles vintage jewelry and
fashions new interesting pieces from old watches and pins.
may take old cell phones and laptop computers.
Google searches can surface these in your area.
at senior living communities welcome yarn, corks, old jewelry, greeting cards,
Christmas paper and ornaments and more.
Communities have a wealth of talent just waiting to repurpose what is
now stored in your home or what you may throw away. They will be so grateful.
It takes everyone believing that living green is vital to our
future. There are so many little ways to
help and recycling. Check out https://americarecyclesday.org for some