Monday, October 11, 2010

America Recycles Day 11.15.10

Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. One day to inform and educate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.



Take the Pledge today!
Take the Challenge!
After getting involved yourself, Spread the Word!

Getting Involved:
Not everyone can take on the commitment required to organize and host an America Recycles Day event. Fortunately, you can still have a huge impact on our success by simply showing up for an event that your community organizers have arranged. To find the event nearest you, enter your zip code in the event search tool, and go!

When searching "60607" most of the events that came up are outside of Chicago. So the better idea would be to organize your own event!


Help spread the message by hosting an America Recycles Day event in your community, school or workplace. Organize and register your event now!

There are plenty of brilliant, fun and creative event ideas that are appropriate for various types of groups at their Website? Once you decide, be sure to register your event and spread the word, especially to the Office of Sustainability! 

Some ideas that would work well at UIC include:
General
  • A "swap" (tools, office supplies, clothing, etc...)
  • "Recycled Resources Art Day" using found materials to create artwork
  • Magazines donated to hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, and schools
Donations
  • Battery collection or promotion of rechargeable batteries
  • School Supplies
  • Construction materials such as nails, door knobs, mirrors, and light fixtures
  • Halloween Costumes
  • Clothing
Local Governments
  • Issue a proclamation declaring November 15 as America Recycles Day in your city or county and encourage residents and employees to recycle and reuse.
  • Start or announce a new or expanded recycling collection program on November 15.
  • Conduct a household hazardous waste collection.
  • Promote the mulching and composting of fall leaves.
  • Have a paperless office day. Encourage staff to use e-mail and edit documents on-line.
College Campuses
  • Have a campus-wide clothing collection day for donations of good, clean apparel from students/community for Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or a local church or civic organization.
  • Promote to school and local newspapers and other media what you are doing to recognize Recycles Day.


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