- Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series of recycling tips from Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland. Got a question or idea for a recycling tip? Contact Jarland at 630-208-3841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Though I celebrate and practice recycling right every day, I wanted to remind you all that Monday, Nov. 15, is America Recycles Day, a day of national recognition of the importance of our efforts to conserve and respect our resources.
Follow the Guidelines to Recycle Right!
The main message/request I want to share today is to please follow the recycling guidelines produced by the Illinois Task Force for Recycling (and Contamination Reduction) back in 2018. They apply throughout the state. Please share on social media.
Here is a link to the Kane County version, which is available in English and Spanish.
These guidelines are simple and straightforward, and if you follow them you can trust you are recycling right. If your item is not on the YES section of the poster, then it is not recyclable in your curbside recycling cart. Period. It is as simple as that.
Beyond the Bin
But don’t forget that there are also many options for dropping off items for reuse or recycling somewhere in the community. Please check the A-Z list of opportunities on the Kane County Recycles website.
I also wanted to let you know that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that on America Recycles Day, they will be releasing the new National Recycling Strategy: Part One of a Series on Building a Circular Economy for All.
If you want to know more or do more, here two ways to engage:
- Participate in EPA’s social media recycling relay on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Follow @EPA and @EPAland (if you don’t already) to join the celebration on Nov. 15. If you want to post your actions, use #recyclerelay in your post so we can track participation!
- Sign up on our website (https://www.epa.gov/americarecycles) to support or lead actions in the National Recycling Strategy, beginning on Nov. 15. Check out these ideas to see some of the types of actions you or your organization could consider taking.
Thank you for all that you all do every day to rethink, reduce, reuse, and recycle.