Arkansans encouraged to celebrate America Recycles Day
Keep Arkansas Beautiful initiates an interactive community to advance recycling awareness
LITTLE ROCK (Nov. 6, 2014) – On Nov. 15, organizations, businesses and schools throughout Arkansas will celebrate America Recycles Day, a nationwide event dedicated to promoting recycling. A program of Keep America Beautiful, America Recycles Day is being promoted in Arkansas by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB).
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American generates 4.4 pounds of garbage per day. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality estimates that the average Arkansan generates 9.7 pounds of trash every day, more than double the national rate.
“Every person has the opportunity to choose to recycle, every day,” said Robert Phelps, executive director of KAB, a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. “The power to keep Arkansas beautiful is in the hands of the people who call this state home. We want to inspire Arkansans by providing them with as many opportunities as possible to be a recycling leader in their community.”
To raise awareness of recycling across the state, KAB is encouraging Arkansans to participate by:
- Taking the “I Recycle” pledge at AmericaRecyclesDay.org for a chance to win a park bench made of recycled materials
- Participating in a local recycling event listed at Events.AmericaRecyclesDay.org
- Delivering recyclable materials to a nearby recycling center listed on the Keep Arkansas Beautiful app.
- Submitting a student entry to the Trashy Photo Contest before Nov. 26. Information about the contest can be found at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com.
In conjunction with the Trashy Photo Contest, KAB will initiate an interactive community of recycling fans through the new Keep Arkansas Beautiful smartphone app. The app is free to download in the Apple store and Google Play store. Voting for the Trashy Photo Contest and information about local recycling centers are available on the app.
About America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, will be celebrated on Nov. 15. Each year, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission promotes America Recycles Day in Arkansas. This nationally recognized day is dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling. In honor of this day, people all over the nation are encouraged to take the “I Recycle” pledge at AmericaRecyclesDay.org. In addition to taking the pledge, many will host recycling events, participate in existing events or get involved by showing their support on social media.
About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. A three-person professional staff and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor manage the division of Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information about KAB, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.