America Recycles Day November 5, 2017 Email 11-5-2017 November 15th is America Recycles Day! Each year, this day offers an opportunity to remember why we recycle in the first place. Here are some great reasons: Recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators — by 34.6 percent nationwide, and by 44 percent in California. Recycling has created a multibillion dollar industry that provides millions of Americans with well-paying jobs. Recycling conserves natural resources such as trees, water, oil and metals. Recycling reduces the need for new raw materials, thereby reducing pollution. Recycling saves energy. We save the energy equivalent of the power that 14 million U.S. households would use in a year — that’s about 4.5 times the number of households in New York City. Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions from landfills — the equivalent of removing about 13 percent of cars on the road in the U.S. for a year. America Recycles Day is also the perfect time to get motivated about using less and recycling more. Need inspiration on where to start? Let us give you some ideas: Take a recycling pledge on AmericaRecyclesDay.org. Throw a waste-free party. Teach your kids sustainable habits. Spearhead sustainability initiatives in the community. Educate yourself on how to be a responsible consumer. Learn new ways to reuse. Start your own compost or worm farm. Donate items you no longer need instead of throwing them away. Learn how to recycle almost anything using our Recycling Guide. Happy recycling!