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Today is America Recycles Day [Infographic]

November 15, 2016

One day every year, we recognize the importance of recycling and come together to make our world a cleaner place. November 15 is America Recycles Day, an initiative of Keep America Beautiful. You can find recycling events near you and take the pledge to learn, act and share. Find related Georgia-specific information and events with the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation.

Of course, recycling requires more than one day of action to make a truly lasting effect. Let’s make today just the start of greater change.

Learn about recycling, how to get started and how you can keep the cycle going from the infographic.

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Why Should I Recycle?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that recycling …

  • … means that less waste is sent to landfills and incinerators.
  • … conserves natural resources.
  • … saves energy.
  • … reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
  • … helps sustain the environment.

How Do I Recycle?

There are so many reasons to recycle, but how can you even get started?

Where

Search for a recycling location with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Recycling Markets Directory. You can sort by county (or out-of-state city), material and whether or not it’s a pick-up location.

What

Only certain types of materials can be recycled. Some of the most common include:

  • Automotive — i.e. fluids and tires
  • Construction materials — i.e. carpet and shingles
  • Glass — i.e. bottles and jars
  • Plastic — i.e. packing peanuts and bags
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) — i.e. paint and medications
  • Metal — i.e. cans and aluminum foil
  • Electronics — i.e. computers and batteries
  • Paper — i.e. newspapers and cardboard
  • Household materials — i.e. cookware and furniture

You can learn more about these materials from Earth911’s Recycling Guide and from the EPA’s list of Common Recyclables.

How Else Can I Help?

The process doesn’t end when you drop off your used materials at a recycling location. For it to become a cycle, consumers need to purchase the right items on the other end.

Continue the Cycle

Shop for products that …

  • … can be recycled.
  • … contain recycled materials.

Learn the Lingo

Search for these terms on products when you shop:

  • Recycled-content product:
    Product contains some recycled material.

     
  • Post-consumer content:
    Product contains only recycled material.

     
  • Recyclable product:
    You can recycle this product once you’ve finished with it. Note that types of recyclable material also vary by community.

Look for items marked with the Safer Choice label, and learn more about responsible shopping from the EPA.

Rachel Hart

About the Author

Rachel Hart is the User Experience Designer for Digital Services Georgia. On Georgia.gov, she makes government material approachable with writing, infographics, videos, and other imagery.

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