November 15 is America Recycles Day. (Of course, looking at the name, I immediately wonder why there isn’t a World Recycles Day.) In 2009, I wonder why we need this. By now, recycling should be a gimme. There are recycling drop off stations in almost every city and town; many of us now enjoy curbside recycling; and there are tons of information sources from Real Simple and E-Magazine to the Environmental Protection Agency on how to recycle just about anything. In addition, there are fabulous groups like Freecycle and resources such as Craigslist where you can sell, swap or just give away your old stuff to someone who might want or need it.
November 15 isn’t the one day in the year when you should recycle. It’s a day marked out to evaluate how you are doing on recycling. Let’s all try to improve recycling efforts both at home and in our workplace. Of course, the less you use, the less you need to recycle. Maybe November 15 is the day you finally buy that reusable Starbucks cup (or the equivalent at your favorite coffee shop), start packing your child’s lunch sandwiches in Tupperware instead of zip lock bags or put out a bin in the office to collect cans. (Hint: if you don’t want to recycle them yourself, you can often find a Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop leader that will pick them up for you.)
Whatever you do, make one change starting now. Add one small step to live greener. You may be surprised by how good it feels.