AMERICA RECYCLES DAY
On America Recycles Day 2021 (November 15), the EPA recognized the importance and impact of recycling, which has contributed to American prosperity and the protection of the environment. The recycling rate has increased from less than 7 percent in 1960 to the current rate of 32 percent. An EPA study found that recycling and reuse activities in the United States accounted for 681,000 jobs and $37.8 billion in wages.
The recycling efforts of communities and business throughout the United States have helped with this success and growth. To build on the progress, EPA encourages every American to contribute by recycling right, not only on every annual America Recycles Day, but all year.
Here at Aries, we have been keeping count of our recyclables since 2016. Even a small office can have an impact on the environment. So far this year, we have recycled 217 pounds of cardboard, 123 pounds of paper, 178 batteries, and 37 pounds of plastic.
In the past six years, we have recycled and kept out of the landfill:
- 309 batteries
- 324 pounds of plastic
- 852 pounds of cardboard
- 1607 pounds of paper – equivalent to 321 reams of paper
The EPA says recycling 2000 pounds of paper is equivalent to saving 17 trees. 5 trees is equivalent to 1 ton of CO2 saved. To date, Aries office recycling efforts have saved the equivalent 13 trees or 2.7 tons of carbon dioxide.