This Monday, November 15, 2010 marks the 13th year for American Recycles Day (ARD), the only nationally recognized day dedicated to recycling. Beginning in 1997, communities all over the country have participated in ARD on November 15th. It is one day to educate, inform and participate in recycling events, with the hope to inspire and encourage recycling and reducing to occur 365 days a year. Check out America Recycles Day’s website to find a recycling event near you. “I recycle” is this year’s theme, and the Zoo is proud to recycle anything in any way they can. Bright, green recycling bins are found all over the Zoo, encouraging guests to go green and recycle their plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Every office and animal department has recycling bins. Our old electronics (e-waste) get recycled responsibly, as do any lab equipment, hazardous waste, batteries, even Styrofoam. By preventing these items (paper, plastic, aluminum, e-waste, hazardous waste, etc.) from being placed in the landfill, we can prevent pollution, habitat degradation and reduce the waste stream, making the world a better place for us and for wildlife. The Cincinnati Zoo recycles. Do you?
Check the blog every day for the next week to find out more ways you can REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE in the spirit of America Recycles Day.