America Recycles Day 2011

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GREEN TIP: Today is America Recycles Day, take the “I recycle” pledge and commit to recycle and learn about what can be recycled in your community  at

America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is the only nationally-recognized day and community-driven national awareness initiative dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Since it began in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on November 15 to promote recycling awareness, commitment and action. Last year, 2 million people celebrated recycling at more than 2,000 events across the nation on America Recycles Day.

Some Recycling Facts from

  • Recycling one aluminum can will power a 46 inch LED TV for 3 hours.
  • Plastic bags are recyclable, but usually not at the curb. However, many retailers across the country have drop-off collections for plastic bag recycling. Other bags that can be recycled as well are: drycleaning bags, bread bags and newspaper bags.
  • Only 8 percent (by weight) of all mobile phones no longer in use in 2009 were collected for recycling. However, reusing by donating or passing along to a friend or family member is the most popular way to “dispose of” consumer electronics.
  • A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as few as 30 days.

Some Ways YOU Can Take Action This Year:

1.  Give Back To The Planet On America Recycles Day With HopeLine From Verizon

Through HopeLine from Verizon, you can easily recycle wireless devices, batteries and accessories in any condition, from any wireless provider, to your local Verizon Wireless Communications Store, or drop them in the mail using HopeLine’s simple instructions. The program then donates no-longer-used phones to victims and survivors of domestic violence who need a line of support. If the phones are unable to be reused, they are then disposed of in an environmentally sound way.

Wondering what happens to the personal info on your phone once it is out of your hands? Stumped on how to scrub your wireless phone clean? Check out our tips on how to wipe your wireless device free of information before you send it off for recycling:

All it takes is one simple action and a quick trip to your local VZW store or post office to make a big difference for our environment!

2.  Know your local recycling system, visit to find out what and where to recycle in your area.

Using their Recycling Location Search is simple:

  • Choose a category to see a list of materials that you can recycle.
  • Select one or more materials.
  • Enter your zip code or select a major city from the list to see locations.

3.  Make sure you’re always recycling your cans.

Metals are among the most valuable materials in the waste stream. Aluminum and steel cans are always welcomed by recyclers, and most metals can be recycled indefinitely with no loss of quality.

4. Teach your children about how and why to recycle.

Involve your kids in recycling and make it fun. Learning how to recycle early will help our next generation of environmental stewards form good habits now.

My Green Side’s web pick of the week:

America Recycles Day
Visit America Recycles and pledge to reduce your personal waste by recycling.

Reminder: 100-Mile Thanksgiving Farmers Market coming up later this week!

Locally, you can find a number of wonderful ingredients for your Thanksgiving meal and celebrate local foods at Concordia College in Moorhead. This year marks the 3rd annual 100-Mile Thanksgiving Farmers Market at Concordia.

Where: the Atrium, Knutson Campus Center at Concordia College
When:  Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 330pm to 630pm

Some of the farmers and producers of the fresh, local and seasonal foods:

There will also be some fun activities for kids of all ages. For more information, contact Dr. Gretchen Harvey at

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