America Recycles Day Events
Tools: Sample Draft Proclamation
ARD Event Recruiting email template
ARD Making a Difference email template
Resources: ARD Website - Take the Pledge!
Register your event!
For additional information about America Recycles Day, please contact
Missouri ARD Coordinators:
Jill Hollowell, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or PH: 573-265-2993
Angie Snyder, Email: email@example.com or PH: 417.868.4197
America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Every year on or around November 15 (America Recycles Day) event organizers like you, educate neighbors, friends and colleagues through thousands of events. “Go-to-Guides” make it easy to organize your local event. Included in these turnkey materials are customizable templates including posters, media materials, proclamations and activities you can use to promote recycling awareness, commitment and action in your community.
Register your America Recycles Day event or activity, and gain access to the official ARD logo and downloaded materials. If you have any questions contact the America Recycles Day team at at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some videos focused on “I want to Be Recycled”.
Plastic bottle (Ad Council, fast and fun)
The journey of a plastic bottle (educational)
Save the Food (informational)
America Recycles Day Theme is "Bathrooms, Bags and Gadgets".
Promote Bathroom Container & Packaging Recycling. Don’t overlook the bathroom — it’s full of containers and packaging and other materials that can usually be recycled, but often aren’t.
Start your own bathroom recyclables inventory, matching paper types and plastic numbers (on the bottom of the bottles!) to what’s accepted in your recycling program. You’ll probably find that there’s more recyclable paper, cardboard, glass, and plastic in your bathroom than you realized; here are just a few of the commonly-recyclable, often-forgotten ones:
1. Shampoo and Body Wash Bottles: The opaque bottles for shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, contact lens solution, and other toiletries are usually made of #2 plastic (High Density Polyethylene, or HDPE), which is accepted by most recyclers. Number 2 plastics can be recycled into building materials like lumber or fencing, office supplies like pens, or more bottles. Check if bottles made from #3 plastic, are accepted in your recycling programs.
2. Mouthwash Bottles: These clear bottles are typically made of #1 plastic, or PET, which is accepted by most recycling programs.
3. Pill and Medicine Containers: The amber-colored prescription pill bottles, as well as opaque plastic bottles containing both pills and liquid medicines, are usually #1, 2, 3, or 5 plastics, so it’s especially important to check the bottom of the bottles and compare to what your recycling program accepts.
4. Cardboard Packaging: Don’t forget the boxes that your toiletries came in, such as soap, cosmetics, cotton swabs, at-home hair color, facial tissues (the used tissues themselves aren’t recyclable, though), vitamins and over-the-counter medications. Another no-brainer are the cardboard tubes that your toilet paper and paper towels came on.
5. Hair Care Products: Check the hair gel tubes, hairspray bottles, pomade and deep-conditioning tubs for their plastic numbers — chances are, once you finish off the container, you can rinse them out and put them right in your recycling bin.
Other bathroom items are recyclable, but accepted less often in your recycling program and may require some extra attention:
6. Make-up Compacts: Check for the recycling symbol on the underside of your make-up compacts; once clean, they may be able to go in your bin. Otherwise, look out for cosmetics companies that will accept their spent packaging to recycle in-house.
7. Toothbrushes and Toothpaste Tubes: Organizations like TerraCycle will collect hard-to-recycle household items like toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. And don’t forget that the box your toothpaste came in can probably go in your home recycling bin!
Bags & Film
Plastic Films and Wrappers: Not everyone knows how or where to recycle plastic film and bags. Educate your community about plastic film recycling with the help of the Plastic Film Recycling Organization. Make sure that the retailers, dry cleaners and businesses in your local area who have Drop Off Programs for plastic bags, film and wrap are listed in the Drop Off Directory. People in your community will then be able to search for the most convenient place to drop off their plastic film scrap using a simple zip code search. The plastic wrap that your cotton balls, toilet paper, diapers and other products come in can be recycled. It will likely be recycled into composite lumber, containers, pipes or other materials.
Electronics: Did you know that according to the Consumer Electronics Association the average home has 24 electronic products? The challenge is collecting those electronics that are not being used.
One great way to promote electronics recycling at your workplace is to plan an America Recycles Day electronics recycling collection event.
Electronic products that are recyclable are more than just televisions, cell phones and computer products. Also collect DVD players, VCRs, video cameras, digital cameras, gaming consoles, stereos, answering machines, photocopiers, scanners, printers and the list goes on. When you decide that it's time to trade up your product for a newer model, consider these possibilities before you pull the plug:
Be sure to use a certified vendor to help collect and recycle/refurbish at your next E-Waste event on E-Cycle Missouri
MORA's America/Missouri Recycles Day 2017 Raffle
Buy a raffle ticket to win! The 2016 America/Missouri Recycles Day Raffle prize is a 6’ grey recycled park bench that will be showcased at the Missouri State Fair. Bench provided by Champlin Tire Recycling.
A sample proclamation to use. Have your city or county officials sign to proclaim November 15, 2016 as Missouri Recycles Day.
Missouri Recycled Day Event and Activity Ideas:
Another ideas for your MRD Event:
A giant garage sale on wheels. This is a twist on the old garage sale. Load up your trunk and sell your “stuff” from the back of your vehicle. The event was originally designed for those who live in condos, apartments, or for anyone else who wasn't able to host a traditional garage sale.
Organizing such an event will include site location, preferably with marked parking spaces. Vendors typically are assigned one slot to park and one to set up sales; promotion to attract Trunk Sale participants (those with a truck full of items to sell, swap or give away, a food vendor to two…) and promotion to attract buyers on the scheduled day. If you can find a big enough parking lot, you won’t have to limit who can take part. When you fill up with more sellers (Vendors) than your lot will hold, plan another for next spring!
The goal of the sale is to reuse and recycle, keeping unnecessary materials out of the landfill. For sellers who don’t want to take any unsold items back home, arrange for organizations to take donation of unsold items, you may have to define what is acceptable for donation. Recycle bins for cardboard and beverage containers also need to be handy. Some organizations to possibly partner with: DAV, Good Will and Habitat Restore.
Fun wording for your promotion:
Email Signature Closure For You To Use:
For America Recycles Day, I have taken the “I Recycle” Pledge, and I invite you to join me and commit to recycle more.
Please Pledging to Recycle More.