America Recycles Day 2010, November 15
“I Recycle” is the theme of Keep America Beautiful’s 2010 America Recycles Day (ARD), which takes place on November 15. Millions of Americans have pledged to increase their recycling habits at home and at work over the 13-year history of ARD, a nationally-recognized initiative dedicated to encouraging people to recycle more at home, at work, and on the go.
Event organizers will proudly declare “I Recycle. Do you?” at events throughout November, designed to educate, motivate and inspire individuals to recycle more while encouraging their friends and families to do the same. People around the country are uniting around the practice of recycling; America Recycles Day 2009 featured 750 registered organizations conducting 2,375 events that involved 7,700 participating groups.
In 2010, Keep America Beautiful has invested in making ARD bigger and better than ever – a new theme and graphics, refreshed Web site (americarecyclesday.org) featuring an online pledge, a challenge for active recyclers, downloadable resources and social media tools, and an easy-to-use registration system offering a searchable database to help supporters find nearby events. Keep America Beautiful is also broadening awareness of ARD through event/media partners Earth911.com and Disney’s Friends for Change.
How can you get involved? Visit americarecyclesday.org to register your organization and submit your request for promotional items (banners, posters, magnets, pencils, stickers and buttons) to support local events and outreach activities. Free promotional items are available on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last and requests should be based on number of volunteers/participants registered.
America’s leading companies and organizations support recycling through sponsorships and partnerships with America Recycles Day 2010: American Chemistry Council, Anheuser-Busch, Earth911.com, Disney’s Friends for Change, Naked Juice, Nestlé Waters North America, PepsiCo and Waste Management. Partners include: Glass Packaging Institute, Soles 4 Souls, Solid Waste Association of North America and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to financial and in-kind support, many ARD sponsors and partners are planning creative programs throughout the country.
Take the Challenge!
Locally, Broward County will be participating. Come to Vista View Park in Davie, Florida on Saturday November 13 from 9am to 2 pm. There will be eco-friendly games and prizes for the kids as well as craft making using recyclables presented by Young at Art Children’s Museum. Kids can also have fun in the bounce house along with goodies for the parents including a chance to win a refurbished flat-screen computer from ARC Broward. There will be free information about recycling, native gardening and more. Receive a free t-shirt for dropping off your electronics, no charge! What to bring – televisions, computers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, mice, printers, fax machines, VCR and DVD players. Be sure to bring proof of Broward County Residence.)
What not to bring – cell phones, batteries, stereos, microwaves, small appliances or business generated waste.
Standard park fee will apply which is a $1.50 per person; Age 5 and under free.
As an architectural consultant, LEED AP, LEED certification reviewer, real estate broker and AIA associate, Valerie J. Amor is dynamically engaged in sustainability and issues regarding the built environment. Actively participating in several local, county and national organizations and committees focused on sustainability issues, she is also owner/principal of Drawing Conclusions and founder/president of Green Collar Connection, companies engaged in sustainable design, real estate development, green job training and research. Knowledgeable and well connected she brings you timely and thoughtful articles. Reach her at .
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