Did you know that Earth Day and Arbor Day are both celebrated in April? Earth Day began in 1970 in the United States but has now become a global event. It’s a great way to bring attention to the ways all of us can protect the environment. Arbor Day began officially in 1874 in Nebraska but became a legal holiday in the state in 1885 and today is celebrated in all 50 states. Arbor Day is a day to celebrate the planting of trees which provide us with clean air, cooling shade and overall a healthier community.
One way to protect our environment is to recycle. Many communities have a recycling program – do you know about yours? Recycling simply reduces landfills, conserves our natural resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. My community has programs for recycling electronics, yard waste and everyday items.
The Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA) in 2010 established a recycling program for electronics. Recycling electronics is important in helping eliminate pollutants to the environment from their toxins. This includes your computers, keyboards, monitors, televisions, etc.
Items like your tree trimmings, shrubbery and organic landscaping vegetation are all examples of yard waste that can be recycled. How is recycling these items helpful? Yard waste recycling is one way to help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. It is estimated that if everyone recycled their yard waste, we could remove about 35 billion pounds of garbage per year – wow!
Everyday items to recycle can include your aluminum cans, glass, plastics, cardboard and newspaper but don’t forget about recycling the things that don’t come to mind when you think about recycling like clothes, homewares and furniture.
I encourage you to check into your community’s recycling programs, many of which are included with your trash collection. If you aren’t already recycling, let’s get started. Maybe this year is also the year to plant that tree that you have been dreaming of having. We all can join together this month to recognize Earth Day and Arbor Day. Share your pictures celebrating #recycling #reducereuserecycle #recyclingideas #nowaste #happyearthday #arborday #floweringtrees