Keep America Beautiful Celebrates 20 Years of America Recycles Day

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Time flies by, but amazing things can happen in a short period of time. More recycling is one of them. Currently, the national recycling rate is 34 percent, up nearly 10 digits from 1995, when the rate stood at 25.7 percent. This is the result of a collective effort to be more sustainable.

Twenty years ago, community improvement nonprofit Keep America Beautiful launched America Recycles Day. The date allows members of the public to organize and register recycling events in their communities.

To celebrate the date, the organization hosted a State of Recycling forum in D.C. in partnership with Keurig Green Mountain. This was the third edition of the forum, which is a platform to discuss opportunities and challenges related to recycling in the United States, besides topics relevant to all stakeholders, from industry to citizens.

The theme for this year’s event was Plastics: Improving Quality. Driving Demand.

 “Much is being done to capture more recyclable plastics,” said Brenda Pulley, senior VP of recycling at KAB. “In celebrating the 20th anniversary of America Recycles Day, it’s a moment in time for us to look closely at the current state of the recycling infrastructure, as well as innovations being made to process and develop new markets for recycled materials, especially plastics.”

Some of the related issues discussed at the forum were the current state of plastic recycling, innovations in the sector, consumer engagement and community recycling.

Members of the public willing to further commit to recycling can take the Be Recycled Pledge.

Image credit: Keep America Beautiful