America Recycles Day

November 15, 2014

Think about all the trash you throw away each day; now, think about how much of that can be recycled.  Today is a great day to stop and think about pledging to recycle more and throw away less because it's America Recycles Day!  From glass and plastic to paper and cardboard, there are so many things that can an should be recycled.  It's easy, doesn't have to cost a lot, and can be a project that gets the whole family involved.

If you are not sure how to get started, the America Recycles Day website has resources showing what you can recycle in each room of your home.  Several different national agencies have partnered up "in an effort to help unify and simplify recycling messaging", and have produced a really cool infographic that lists the top 10 items that should go into every home's recycling bin:

Using the I Want to be Recycled website, you can plug in your zip code or city and state to bring up a list of recycling centers near your home.  Many are drop-off sites only, but others (for a fee) offer to pick up recyclables, similar to your trash service.  You can also find where to recycle things like electronics, batteries, and plastic grocery bags.

Here at the library, the staff recycles paper and aluminum cans, but a lot of us also recycle at home as well.  Part of recycling is also reusing items, and that is something we do really well!  From small glass jars and paper towel tubes to bottle caps and shredded paper, we are always on the lookout for reusable crafting materials. 

We've also got a large selection of books on recycling that you can check out to take home and read with your family.  From recycled crafts and information on recycling to fiction and picture books that talk about recycling, we have books for everyone:


If you see a particular book that interests you, come pay us a visit and we'll find it for you.  Have a great America Recycles Day, everyone!

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