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Nov 15

America Recycles Day - November 15TH

Posted on November 15, 2016 at 8:06 AM by Communications Department

There are many actions each of us can take to reduce our environmental impact and support a clean community. One of the easiest actions to take every day is to recycle. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each of us generates over four pounds of trash daily. Of that amount, 1.5 pounds is recycled or composted. There are more items that can be recycled; but just as important, it is about recycling the right things. To make recycling more economically efficient and to provide cleaner material to manufacturers to make new products – putting the right items in the recycling bin makes a big difference.
America Recycles Day is a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful and is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. America Recycles Day is also an invitation to individuals to actively live a recycled lifestyle. You are invited to take the #BeRecycled Pledge. It is a promise to actively choose to live a recycled lifestyle by committing to “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” mantra in all aspects of daily life. At its core, this means recycling at home, at work and on-the-go; however, it doesn’t have to stop there. There are a number of products that are made from recycled content – so make a pledge recycle and to buy items with recycled content.

For details on the City of Newport News Residential Recycling Program visit You can also watch videos on why recycling is important and what happens to your recyclables.


• There are environmental and economic benefits of recycling.
• Recycling conserves natural resources, saves energy and reduces the need for landfill space.
• Americans recycle and compost 87 million tons annually, which is a 34% rate of waste diversion.
o That conserves the equivalent of energy consumed by over 10 million households
o That is the Greenhouse Gas equivalent of taking 39 million passenger vehicles off the road for a year.
o Making recycling convenient – 73% of the U.S. population has access to curbside recycling – will help improve our national rate of recycling.
o Recycling provides material for manufacturing new products. For example:
? Recycled plastic milk bottles can become an outdoor park bench; 
? A cereal box can become a board game; 
? An aluminum can become a new aluminum can; or 
? A plastic water bottle can become a new pair of jeans. 
? A steel food can could become a bicycle 
o Reducing food waste saves money. It is estimated that on average a family of four throws away food worth $2,275 each year.
o Recycling is a multi-billion industry that employees millions of Americans. Commercial and municipal recycling represents nearly $106 billion in economic activity annually and is responsible for over 470,000 direct and indirect U.S. jobs, generating more than $4.3 billion in state and local revenues annually, and another $6.76 billion federal taxes.

o The value lost by discarding packaging rather than recycling it is estimated to be over $11 billion.