It’s America Recycles Day!

Here are some tips to recycle and reduce waste everyday around your own home and community:

Published November 15, 2016

Rely on reusable bags. Use reusable containers when shopping, traveling, storing leftovers and packing your lunch.

reusable-bag

Refill, reuse and return containers. Instead of single-use plastic containers or bags, opt for ones you can reuse, including water bottles and produce bags for the grocery store.

reusable-jars

Avoid single serve packaging. Instead of individually wrapped items, purchase in bulk and then divide into more sustainable containers.

Reduce the amount of unwanted mail you receive. The average American receives 30 pounds of junk mail a year! Cancel subscriptions as needed to reduce your impact.

junk-mail-recycle

Recycle your water. Homeowners can rearrange plumbing so that rainwater from or wastewater from the shower can be used to flush your toilet. Homeowners and renters alike can also use bathwater or leftover dishwater (with biodegradable soap) to water a garden!

Collectively recycling one ton these items saves:

  • Aluminum: Saves 39.6 barrels (1,663 gallons) of oil

  • Cardboard: Saves 390 kWh of energy

  • Glass: Saves 7.5 pounds of air pollutants from being released

  • Paper: Saves 7,000 gallons of water

  • Plastics: Saves 30 cubic yards of landfill space

Recycling doesn’t have to be an extreme change to your lifestyle! Being mindful about what you purchase is a step in the right direction.  

For even more tips and to sign a pledge to recycle, click here!


Previous Post

Featured Stories

Humpback whale Help Preserve the Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act has supported work that has prevented the extinction of 99 percent of the species it has protected. That work is now under threat.

Read the full story

Atlantic puffin chick born at the National Aquarium Meet Our Trio of Puffin Chicks!

We are excited to welcome three new Atlantic puffin chicks to our Sea Cliffs exhibit!

Read the full story

Related Stories

Items You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

Published November 15, 2017

Thoughtful Thursday: America Recycles Day

Published November 13, 2014