From: Roger Greenway, ENN
Published November 14, 2009 07:58 AM

Recycle! Recycle!

It's that time again! Time to renew our commitment to recycling. Take the pledge to learn more and recycle all you can. Find out what things can be recycled, spread the word about recycling, and help reduce waste going into landfills, improve our efficiency, and fight climate change.

Consider donating usable products such as bicycles to organizations like Pedals for Progress which can get used bicycles to people in developing countries where they can stimulate economic growth and help individuals make a better life for their families. There are also organizations that can help find in the re-use of electronics and computers.

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America Recycles Day is November 15th this year. Are you 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.

America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Celebrating its 12th year, it has grown to include millions of Americans pledging to increase their recycling habits at home and work and to buy products made with recycled materials. Through America Recycles Day, Keep America Beautiful, Inc. and the National Recycling Coalition support local communities and raises awareness by educating citizens about the benefits of recycling. Volunteer America Recycles Day coordinators are positioned throughout the country and work to organize recycling awareness events in their schools and communities, and in conjunction with their local municipalities.

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.

For more information on recycling: http://www.americarecyclesday.org/about-ard.aspx

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