America Recycles Day is taking place Friday, Nov. 15 and the organizers of Keep Ashe Beautiful want to get everybody in the community involved.
“(The day is) a proclamation to remind everybody that America recycles,” said Elaine Graham, executive director of Keep Ashe Beautiful.
To commemorate the day, Keep Ashe Beautiful is having the students at the different schools and Wilkes Community College get involved by signing a signature page. The page will say “I recycle, do you?”
Graham said they would then put those names on a large poster which will have the same slogan. The theme of this year’s America Recycles Day is “I want to be recycled.”
On Nov. 16, during the West Jefferson Holiday Parade the nonprofit, which was formed in May 2012, will have a table set up with information on ways recycling can help the environment and saving energy. Also, they will help people know what can and cannot be recycled.
“We just want to put out a reminder that a lot of people recycle, which is a positive statement,” Graham said. “It’s a reminder how important (recycling) is, how easy it is to do and how beneficial it is.”
Graham said that recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television set for three hours.
“Recycling is the easiest thing we can all do 365 days a year to save energy, conserve natural resources and create green jobs,” she said.
Keep Ashe Beautiful is the Ashe County affiliate of the Keep America Beautiful organization.
For more information about America Recycles day, and different products that are made using recycled resources, visit www.iwanttoberecycled.org.