We’ve taken the pledge to #BeRecycled on America Recycles Day, which occurs every year on November 15. Each year, millions of Americans take part in this program, which is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.
Recycling and sustainability are in E & E’s DNA. (Perhaps you’re familiar with the sustainable features of our global headquarters, which was one of the longest-running green offices in the world at one time?) Through a corporate recycling program, an energy consumption tracking and management system, and an employee energy curtailment program, E & E was able to reduce our carbon footprint at our headquarters by about 80% over a nine-year period.
We currently recycle about 20 to 30 tons of recyclable trash annually at our headquarters in the Buffalo, NY area. Our HQ also holds an annual e-recycling program each spring with Sunnking. This past spring, our Buffalo employees contributed 4,859 pounds of e-waste to recycling. As an environmentally driven company, we are dedicated to supporting initiatives that encourage recycling and green practices as much as possible.
America Recycles Day is all about raising awareness about recycling. The recycling rate in the United States is currently at about only 34%, according to the EPA. It’s clear, however, that the benefits of recycling are wide-ranging. Recycling not only reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, but it also prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect raw materials, conserves natural resources like timber, water, and minerals, and helps to create jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States.
So, how can you do your part?
When shopping for paper products, look for paper that is made from recycled materials. When it’s time to recycle, remember that newspapers, magazines, and printer paper can all be recycled.
Most community recycling programs accept some — but not all — types of plastic. Use this handy guide to determine what containers can be accepted at your local recycling program. And try using reusable items, such as refillable water bottles and canvas grocery bags, instead of single-use whenever possible.
Always recycle your glass bottles and jars. Glass can be recycled over and over again, and making new glass from recycled glass is typically cheaper than using raw materials. Once at a recycling center, glass is sorted and recycled according to color: clear, green, and brown. Paper labels can usually be left on glass bottles and jars, but if you’re unsure, call your local recycling center to check.
Both aluminum and steel are recyclable in the United States. Soda cans and most soup, sauce, bean, vegetable, and fruit cans are fair game. Make sure to rinse the cans and remove the labels before recycling. At many recycling centers, aluminum cans are very valuable — so make sure to not crush the cans flat. You can also recycle aluminum foil and foil packaging in most areas.
DID YOU KNOW?
Recycling five plastic bottles provides enough fiber to create one square foot of carpet, or enough fiber fill to fill one parka.
Americans throw away about 2 million plastic bottles every hour.
More than 28 billion glass bottle and jars end up in landfills every year – this is the equivalent of filling up two Empire State Buildings every three weeks.
Recycling cardboard takes only about 75% of the energy needed to make new cardboard.
Aluminum cans can go from recycling back to store shelves in about two months.
Statistics: America Recycles Day and the EPA
You can observe America Recycles Day by recycling each and every day, promoting environmental citizenship, and teaching others about the benefits of recycling. Click here to search for a #BeRecycled event in your town. And let us know in the comments what you do to #BeRecycled!