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Make Everyday America Recycles Day

Release Date: 11/13/2009
Contact Information: Skip Anderson, anderson.skip@epa.gov, 202-564-9551, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – Want to help the environment? Why not spend some time this America Recycles Day, November 15th, looking for new opportunities to recycle throughout the year? Keeping good recycling habits at home, work, and on the go can help with climate change. By reusing, recycling, and being smarter in the amounts and types of materials used, people can save energy, use fewer natural resources, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Thousands of Americans across the country are making a difference, simply by keeping plastic bottles, paper, unwanted electronics, and other recyclable materials out of the waste stream. The lifecycle energy savings of recycling rather than landfilling one aluminum can is equivalent to the energy use of a laptop for 5 hours, a 60-watt incandescent light bulb for 4 hours, or a 60-watt compact fluorescent light bulb for 20 hours.

America Recycles Day is a great time to think about our role in creating a sustainable environment by being responsible consumers. Products are created from raw materials that are transported and processed, distributed, consumed, reused or recycled, and ultimately disposed of in a landfill. Each stage of this materials lifecycle creates impacts on the environment. By making smarter choices, consuming less, and reusing and recycling, each of us can contribute to a healthier and more sustainable environment.

More information on recycling:
http://www.epa.gov/recycle/
More information on America Recycles Day: http://www.americarecyclesday.org