For the last 14 years, November 15th has been celebrated across the United States as America Recycles Day. This is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling. With statistics showing that each American produces about four pounds of waste every day, it’s more important than ever to take an active role in promoting recycling and to seek out more ways to recycle waste at home, at work, and at our schools.
An excellent way to become more educated about recycling is to attend the library’s program, “Choose to be GREENer – Know Your Options” on Tuesday, November 29 at 7 p.m. in the Hendrickson Room. Mary Allen, Recycling and Education Director for SWANCC, Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, will talk about the latest technology in recycling as well as resources for disposing of items such as:
- large and small electronics
- CFLs and more.
You’ll learn about new ways to incorporate green living habits into your daily life and how to be a greener consumer.
Here are a few recycling ideas that you can do right now:
- Vow to never use another plastic water bottle.
- Get a new reusable shopping bag and keep it in your car.
- Bring your unwanted clothes or household items to a local resale shop.
- Bring your old laptop, cell phone or other small electronics to the library’s small electronics recycling bin near the Checkout Desk.
Got a good green idea of your own? Enter the Illinois Library Association’s “Go Green, Win Green” contest by Friday, November 18, and you may win one of four $1,000 cash prizes. To learn more and to submit an entry, click here.