America Recycles Day Is Wednesday

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America Recycles Day is on Wednesday, November 15th, and the state is encouraging people to get involved and remind residents the importance of recycling.

Since establishing a statewide mandatory recycling initiative in 1987, New Jersey residents have been placing leaves, grass, and other recyclable materials on their curbs to be collected.

In 2015, the state collected nearly 15 million tonnes — also known as a metric ton, a tonne is larger than a ton — of recyclable materials and recycled at a rate of 63 percent. 

The initiative has not only encouraged residents to recycle more often, but it has also created lasting economic and environmental impacts across the Garden State.

In 2006, New Jersey saved more than 235 trillion British Thermal Units  — BTUs, unit of measuring energy — which equates to almost two billion gallons of gas and energy to power more than two million homes for a year.

New Jersey gains nearly $6 billion to its economy and, nationwide, generates approximately $105 billion every year. 

America Recycles Day was created by the Keep America Beautiful non-profit, which says that the current recycling rate for the U.S. is 34 percent and that  more than 262 million pounds of recycled materials were collected in 2015.

To learn more about America Recycles Day, visit

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