Keep America Beautiful, the National Waste & Recycling Association, the Solid Waste Association of North America and the EPA have joined together on an initiative to help make US recycling requirements easier to follow.
The initial effort in the program is the “Top 10 in the Bin” list of the most widely and easily recycled items.
A 2014 NW&RA national survey found that a third of Americans are not clear on what materials go in recycling bins and carts. According to Sharon H. Kneiss of NW&RA, there is demand for high-quality recyclable material that can be turned into new products, but it is important to avoid contaminating the stream with items that don’t belong.
Currently, the national recycling rate is slightly above 34 percent.
A series of Top 10 in the Bin infographic resources are available in advance of KAB’s annual America Recycles Day, which takes place on and around Nov. 15 throughout the country. The infographic is available to be downloaded as a flyer or poster. Web banners are also available in different sizes.
The group also plans to partner on additional recycling communications efforts going forward.
This year’s America Recycles Day theme, “I Want To Be Recycled,” is aimed at educating people about the importance of recycling to the economy and environmental well-being, and also to help people understand that recycled materials can become new products. This program’s goal is to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers.