November 15th

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Every year on November 15, we pay homage to the crucial practice of recycling through National Recycling Day. This global occasion is not merely a celebration, but a vital prompt to reduce waste, conserve our planet’s resources, and protect our environment.

By making the most of what we have, we’re able to save energy, lower pollution levels, decrease waste, foster job creation, and nurture a sustainable lifestyle. Join us on this day as we strive toward creating a brighter, greener, and cleaner future for all.

History of National Recycling Day

National Recycling Day or America Recycles Day encourages Americans to endorse recycling and the patronage of recycled products. The concept was brought to life in 1994 in Texas by 2 employees of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. They established Texas Recycles Day to educate the public about the advantages of recycling and purchasing recycled products.

Texas Governor George W. Bush to declare it an official statewide observance. In 1997, the National Recycling Coalition, a non-profit committed to advocating recycling in the United States, extended the program nationwide. Thus, the first official National Recycling Day was celebrated on November 15, 1997, aligning with Texas Recycles Day.

The objective of this day has always been to highlight the societal, environmental, and economic gains from recycling. They aim to inspire more people to participate in the movement to improve our natural environment. The focus is on the small steps individuals and companies can take to incorporate recycling into their daily routines and to buy more recycled products.

In 2010, Keep America Beautiful assumed responsibility for America Recycles Day. As a non-profit, they educate and motivate individuals to enhance and beautify their local communities.

National Recycling Day Timeline

First Recycling Plant

The first recycling plant was started in New York City, where it processed trash and sorted out various metals for recycling.

First Aluminum Can Recycling Plants

The first aluminum can recycling plants opened in Chicago and Cleveland, sparking the popularity of can recycling.

The use of Plastic

Plastics start to replace aluminum and steel cans. This presents a new challenge: plastic waste.

First Earth Day

The modern environmental movement is born, and recycling becomes a key component in the Western world.

Introduction of Curbside Recycling

The city of Woodbury, New Jersey, started the first curbside recycling program.

National Recycling Day

The National Recycling Coalition establishes America Recycles Day on November 15.

Continued Efforts for Recycling

Efforts for a more sustainable future continue today with both international initiatives and local efforts.

Ideas to Celebrate National Recycling Day

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Organize a Community Clean-Up

Set up a local community clean-up event where everyone helps clean local parks, beaches, or neighborhoods. Promote recycling during the event by providing containers for recyclables and rubbish.

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A Recycling Seminar

Develop a seminar where you invite local environmental experts to talk about the importance of recycling and share tips on how to recycle effectively at home and in the workplace.

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Start a Recycling Challenge

Start a challenge within your school, office, or neighborhood where participants try to produce the least amount of waste possible or collect the most amount of recyclables within a set period.

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Build a Communal Compost Pile

Organize a communal compost pile in your neighborhood. This would reduce food waste going to the landfill and provide nutrient-rich compost for local gardens.

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Film Screening

Host a screening of a documentary that promotes the importance of recycling and the consequences of improper waste management. This could raise awareness and spark conversations about recycling.

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Visit a Recycling Plant

Arrange a tour of a local recycling facility. This could be interesting and educational, showing firsthand the process that our recyclables go through to be reused.

7 Interesting Facts About Recycling


Most Recycled Product

The most recycled product in the world is the automobile. More than 95% of all vehicles are recycled globally each year.


Benefits of Recycling Aluminum

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for 2 hours. In addition, aluminum cans can be recycled and put back on a store shelf within 60 days.


Global Warming and Recycling

Recycling can significantly help in combating global warming. By recycling half of your household waste, you can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.


Number of Lives

A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as few as 30 days, and can be reused an infinite number of times.


Lifetime of Plastic Bags

Plastic bags take between 15 to 1,000 years to break down in the environment. Despite this, only 1% of plastic bags are recycled each year.


Recycling and Job Creation

According to the National Recycling Coalition, every ton of recycled goods creates six jobs in sorting and manufacturing.


Electronic Waste

E-waste represents 2% of America's trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste. The extreme amount of lead in electronics alone causes damage in the central and peripheral nervous systems, the blood and the kidneys.

National Recycling Day FAQs

Next National Recycling Day Dates

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2023 November 15th Wednesday
2024 November 15th Friday
2025 November 15th Saturday
2026 November 15th Sunday
2027 November 15th Monday
What is the pattern? Every November 15th

National Recycling Day Word Search

  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • Conservation
  • Environment
  • Wastage
  • Reuse