Recycle One will continue for a third year thanks to the 2015 Waste Management Think Green Grant of $10,000. Recycle One is a single stream program for aluminum, paper and plastic products. We hope to sustain a healthier environment by reducing pollution, re-purposing materials, and reducing the use of natural resources.
A New Study Shows that Americans Know Personal Care Products are Recyclable, But Aren’t Recycling Them. Help Us Make a Difference!
Your shampoo and body wash bottles are dreaming to be reimagined into a new life! A new survey from Unilever Bathroom Recycling Index found that while a majority of Americans are aware that empty bath and beauty bottles are recyclable, less than half (34%) are consistently bringing these items to the recycling bin! As a result, common bathroom products like shampoo, body wash and lotion bottles could be more likely to end up in landfills than their kitchen counterparts. This seemingly small problem has a huge impact, with nearly 29 million tons of plastics sent to landfills each year – including about 600 million products from bathrooms across America.
So what’s standing in our way? Well, it may be just that…standing. The study also found that one in five (22%) Americans wouldn’t walk across their home to recycle a bath or beauty bottle. In fact, Americans reported they are more likely to get a drink when thirsty, charge their phone, or answer a phone call than walk an empty plastic bottle from the bathroom to the recycling bin. It’s time to get up, get going, and get ahold of bathroom recycling.
Keep America Beautiful, the Ad Council and Unilever want to inspire people to get bathroom products in the bin by listing out the steps “Rinse. Recycle. Reimagine.” The study shows people know personal care products are recyclable, so let’s put this knowledge into action.
Here’s how you can join us in the bathroom recycling movement:
- Tweet a pic of your bathroom recycling to @UnileverUSA with #ReimagineThat & #Sweeps for a chance to win a $500 gift card and eco gift packages. Contest description and rules here: http://ulever.us/Rules
- Place a bin in your bathroom. You can even make your own. This blog breaks down the steps to going green in your bathroom.
- Learn more about bathroom recycling and how to decode the numbers.
- Share a GIF on your social channels.
The City of Naples, Florida observes Earth Day — in a big way — by hosting an Electronics Recycling Event & Free Secure Document Shredding at the Solid Waste old location. The event is held to save natural resources, landfill space and money. By partnering Goodwill Industries, residents in Naples & Collier County are given the opportunity to REDUCE, REUSE, & REPURPOSE unwanted electronics. This goes hand-in-hand with the State’s Drive it Home KOPLF.
There were an estimated 150+ vehicles dropping off electronics & items for shredding (vehicles will be counted at next event.)
Please take a look at our video!
The Keep Guntersville Beautiful (KGB) station at the annual GES Earth Day Festival was literally, “jumping” this morning as 471 students decided to, “Take a Shot at Recycling.” The KGB staff and volunteers spoke with students about the impact of solid waste on the environment. Students offered creative suggestions for ways of “giving their recycling another life.”
Earth day is here! So how can you get involved and do your part? A great way to take care of the earth is to recycle more and recycle right. If you’re already an accurate and avid recycler, we need your help to recruit and inspire others.
Please choose an action below that is right for you and help take care of our beautiful planet. Happy Earth Day!
1. Put a recycling bin in your bathroom.
Nearly half of Americans are not recycling their plastic personal care products so closing the loop here will make a big difference. Placing a recycling bin in or near your bathroom will help you remember to recycle right. Once you have a bin in your bathroom, share a pic of your good work on social media with #BeRecycled to inspire others.
2. Make a video about how you give your garbage another life.
Are you a crafty recycler that knows how to do things like turn a car tire into a planter? Enter our ZOOPPA video contest to inspire others with your great recycling ideas. Find out more about how to enter and available prizes here: https://zooppa.com/en-us/contests/i-want-to-be-recycled/brief
Help spread fun recycling ideas through our new PSA starring Eva and Tess from Vevo’s Do It Your Selfie. They show us how you can give everyday household items a new life by turning some old t-shirts into a rug.
4. Show us recycling in action by taking a selfie and using the hashtag #BeRecycled!
Show people how you recycle by taking a recycling selfie and sharing it on Facebook and Twitter! Use the hashtag #BeRecycled so we can feature you on the KAB social channels. If you share an image, you will receive an Instacart $5 off + free delivery code!
To emphasize the importance of recycling with no curbside in the entire county or any city, KRB decided to stress the importance with a Big Belly Solar Recycling Compactor. The graphics used on the compactor are eye-catching and sends a message to the thousands of visitors that frequent the park monthly. KRB hopes to receive future funding from sponsors and partners to replicate the project in other areas of the county.
Thanks Waste Management and KAB for your assistance in promoting and supporting our recycling efforts!
“It all happened because we said, ‘Why are you not recycling?’” explains John Pope, Executive Director of Keep Van Buren Beautiful.
Just five years ago, there was no recycling program to speak of within the Van Buren School District in Van Buren, Arkansas. Then one pointed question from Pope to the District’s Assistant Superintendent started the ball rolling on a program that has now collected over 1,000 tons of recyclables. Pope gave a presentation to the District’s Superintendent and interested faculty, emphasizing that by having recycling in the schools, the students would teach their parents how to recycle at home. He then forged a partnership with GreenSource Recycling, who provided recycling dumpsters which are accessible for community members to drop off their recyclables as well. In the 2014 Recycle-Bowl, King Elementary in Van Buren was the highest ranked Arkansas school in the Community Division. Pope continues to do outreach to schools and businesses in the area to further bolster the now thriving recycling program within the Van Buren School District.
Lincoln Elementary Art Club Students work with Keep North Platte Lincoln County Beautiful to create a recycled Bottle Cap Mural. KNPLCB helped students create the 12′ x 8′ piece of artwork in an effort to reuse plastic lids, while focusing on ways to keep trash out of the landfill. The bottle cap mural hangs in the entryway at the School.