On average, each of us produces 4.4 pounds of solid waste everyday! That adds up to almost a ton of trash a year, per person. Some of that trash includes:
182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk and 26 gallons of bottled water a year. Those containers can almost always be recycled but rarely is that done. We could save so much landfill space and resources just by recycling.
In America 90% of people have access to recycling but in Oklahoma only 50% do. Numbers like that are why Oklahoma is joining in for America Recycles Day this November 15th.
Oklahoma Recycling Association, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, and The Metropolitan Environmental Trust are working to promote recycling in Oklahoma with days like this.
You can help by pledging to buy more recycled-content products, increase your recycling efforts at home, school and/or work, volunteer to help with local recycling projects, or anything else you can think of to help.
By pledging you will be entered to win a number of prizes including two high-tech bicycles for the youth drawing, a Xerox Phaser Solid Ink Printer for the workplace drawing, and two Black & Decker cordless rechargeable electric lawnmowers for the general public drawing.
You can pledge by going to www.recycleok.org and filling out the online pledge card. This site is also a great resource for receycling news and events in Oklahoma. According to their home page:
OKRA (Oklahoma Recycling Association) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to support communities, governments, and individuals in recycling. We provide a forum for networking, encourage local end-markets, and work to create a unified voice for Oklahoma Recyclers. We have strong partnerships with the state DEQ, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, The Metropolitan Environmental Trust, EPA, and the NRC.
You can also check with your town to see if they have any events going on for America Recycles Day.