For many, recycling cans or paper has become almost an instinctive reflex.  

But only about one-third of what could be recycled actually is.  To help increase participation in recycling, today has been designated as America Recycles Day.  

I don’t expect you to become an environmentalist overnight, but I hope that you take five minutes today to explore the Keep America Beautiful website.  It is a centralized resource for recycling that tries to make things as easy as possible.  It won’t put the can in the recycle bin for you, but it will use your location to tell you precisely where 26 items can be recycled nearby.  This includes clothes, rubber shoes, digital cameras, freezers and furniture.

There is a section on Recycling at Work and a Public Space Recycling Guide that includes academic resources and case studies.  The site has information on the K-12 Recycle Bowl competition and Recyclemania events to see who can reduce the most waste at home football games. You can even opt out of receiving phone books.

Celebrate America Recycles Day by signing the Pledge that you will do something to increase your level of participation in the solution.  Whether you reduce or you recycle, every little bit does matter.

— beth triplett

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