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 in the United States. One day to educate and motivate. 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.
251 million – tons of trash in the United States;
53.4 – percentage of all paper products recycled in the United States;
32.5 – percentage of total waste that is recycled in the United States;
100 – approximate percentage of increase in total recycling in the United States during the past decade;
8,660 – number of curbside recycling programs in the United States in 2006;
8,875 – number of curbside recycling programs in the United States in 2003;
95 – percentage of energy saved by recycling an aluminum can, compared with manufacturing a new one;
4.6 – pounds of trash per person per day in the United States (most in the world);
1.5 – pounds of recycled materials per person per day in the United States.