01 Nov Join Lakeshore in Celebrating America Recycles Day
In October, Lakeshore was recognized as the only waste hauler to receive the 2018 Illinois Sustainability Award from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center for the second year in a row. Sustainability is a core value to Lakeshore and what sets us apart from our competitors. This is why Lakeshore celebrates America Recycles Day every year on November 15 to help raise awareness of the importance of recycling.
This national holiday was created in 1997 to encourage the nation to recycle more, reduce waste production and buy recycled products. The day raises awareness of how Americans can recycle more in their daily lives as well as the impacts recycling has on our planet.
This year, you can participate in America Recycles Day by signing up for the #BeRecycled pledge and using the hashtag on social media to tell your friends and family how you plan to incorporate recycling into your life. Below are some ways that you can recycle on a day-to-day basis.
Many people do not know which items can and cannot be recycled, so researching what items your local recycling or waste company collects can make a huge difference in your recycling efforts. Don’t be afraid to contact your recycling collector to find out if one of your items is recyclable or not. Once you learn what is and is not recyclable be sure to educate others as well so that more people can recycle properly. The waste and recycling industry is constantly changing, so be sure to stay informed and up-to-date on new information about recycling.
Whether it is food, paper, energy, plastic or anything else, it is important to consider the environmental impact it will have. Be sure to only use as much as you need and think twice before using excess resources. By using less, you produce less waste and reduce your carbon footprint, which is better for the planet overall.
Buy recycled products
An easy way to introduce recycling into your life is by buying products that are recycled or buying from companies that include sustainability into all of their business practices. It is also important to support companies that have sustainability as part of their core mission. When companies make products from recycled materials instead of raw materials they actually save money, produce less air pollution and use less energy and water in production. Doing this not only helps you recycle but also encourages companies to sell recycled products and change the way they operate to be more environmentally friendly.
By integrating these tips into your life, recycling can be something that you do every day. Taking small steps towards sustainability really makes a difference in preserving the environment, which is the goal of America Recycles Day. Lakeshore strives to recycle as much as possible and divert as much waste as possible from landfills. When everyone works together to become more sustainable the Earth becomes a healthier place to live. Changing the world to be more sustainable starts with you.