America Recycles Day, now in its 12th year, is a national initiative celebrated annually on November 15 to promote the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling.
Given Philadelphia’s commitment to sustainability, the city is of course taking part.
Here’s what’s going on in Philadelphia today for America Recycles Day 2012:
• America Recycles Day Celebration: Liacouras Walk at Temple University, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A combination of Temple student organizations and university departments will be tabling to raise awareness about recycling and waste minimization services available on campus.
• Rose Recreation Center America Recycles Day: Rose Recreation Center, 75th and Lansdowne, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Rose Recreation Center will host an educational event about recycling.
• PHL America Recycles Day Celebration at Philadelphia International Airport: Terminal B-C Food Court, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The airport, one of the greenest in the nation, will promote recycling and environmental awareness through a variety of educational activities.
• Recycling Bin Giveaway: Frankford CDC, 4900 Griscom Street, noon-5 p.m. Grab a free recycling bin and some green education at the Frankford CDC.
• Recycle Philly After Party: Fado, 1500 Locust Street, 6-8:30 p.m.Celebrate Recycling Day 2012 with a drink and a discussion on how to help restaurants and bars in Philly do a better job recycling.
Recycling is a cornerstone of Mayor Nutter’s administration’s commitment to making Philadelphia the greenest city in the U.S., so America Recycles Day is a great opportunity to celebrate Philadelphia’s green progress.
And remember, Philadelphia has a recycling rewards program called Recycling Pays. It’s easy to sign up; click here for more info.
A few strides the city has made in recycling of late:
• More than 120,000 tons of recyclables were collected through the city’s curbside recycling program from July 2011–June 2012 — an increase of 137% over totals from just five years ago!
• Percentage-wise, Philadelphia’s diversion rate is up to 18%, an equally impressive stat.
• Philadelphia’s recycling efforts helped reduce greenhouse gas the equivalent of nearly 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide during 2011.
• In fiscal year 2012, approximately 2,000 tons of leaves, brush and electronics were collected either at curbside, at the city’s sanitation convenience centers or at special collection events.
Last year during America Recycles Day, some 2 million people took part in more than 2,000 events across the nation. Be sure to contribute to those numbers here in Philadelphia.
America Recycles Day [Official Site]
Philadelphia Recycling [Philly Streets Department]
Philadelphia Recycling Awards [Official Site]