America Recycles Day (ARD), November 15th, is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling and waste reduction in the U.S. This year, the theme for America Recycles Day was "Be Recycled," encouraging pledge-takers to learn more, act, and share information to increase the recycling rate in the U.S.
To celebrate ARD in 2016, staff from the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management tabled at four local businesses in an effort to reach out to the community. Specifically, TCSW staff members were focused on encouraging residents to take the #BeRecycled pledge. They also distributed food scraps recycling toolkits, offered collection of textile donations for reuse and recycling, and promoted reuse.
Department representatives were present on Monday, November 14th and Tuesday, November 15th at the Triphammer ReUse Center, the Ithaca ReUse Center, Gimme! Coffee, and P&C Fresh. The team had conversations with approximately 60 people, 20 of whom took the #BeRecycled pledge. Nine people received food scraps recycling toolkits, and although no textile donations were received, many people learned about donation drop off areas, including the one at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Composters were also on hand at P&C Fresh and Ithaca ReUse to promote the annual Leaf Swap and community composting.
We'd like to thank ReBusiness Partners Gimme Coffee, P&C Fresh, and Finger Lakes ReUse for hosting Recycling and Materials Management staff and working with us to offer incentives for #BeRecycled pledge takers.