Do you recycle?
We usually do but I admit that sometimes I’ve thrown something in the trash because it’s just easier than having to rinse it out for the recycle bin.
But one day my mom told me, very passionately, that she recycles everything she can because she looks at those pictures of my sweet children and thinks that she needs to do whatever she can to make the world a cleaner, healthier place for them.
Guilt trip! So now I try a little harder to make sure that I recycle whatever I can.
I was excited when I recently learned about America Recycles Day which is a national program of Keep America Beautiful. It is a community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S.
Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on November 15 to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action. To learn more, please visit the America Recycles Day website.
Since November 15th falls on a Tuesday this year, many local events are being held on Saturday, November 12th. Check out the listing below to find an America Recycles Day event near you.
Arlington – Computer Round Up
November 12, 2011 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at UTA Cooper and Mitchell Parking Lot, Cooper St., Arlington, TX 76019. Combined event with City of Arlington to a computer/electronics roundup. Please see the Computer Round Up flyerfor more information.
Arlington – GDFWRA Free eCycling Event
November 12, 2011 from 8:00 am – noon at Waste Management Recycling Center, 1923 Meridan, Arlington, TX 76011. Small Business & Residential Electronics Recycling Event sponsored by ECS Refining, Greater DFW Recycling Alliance (a State of Texas Alliance for Recycling Council) and Waste Management. For more information, please visit the Greater DFW Recycling Alliance website.
Arlington – Shred Party Day
November 15, 2011 at 10:00 am at Liljenberg Allstate , 3105 W Arkansas Lane, Arlington, TX 76016. This is a community event to encourage shredding documents and recycling. We are going to provide shredding for the community, snacks and drinks, and education on the importance of keeping America beautiful.
Aubrey – America Recycles Day
November 12, 2011 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Downtown Aubrey, 107 S. Main St,, Aubrey, TX 76227. An event downtown to create awareness of America Recycles Day. Local recycling programs will be presented to attendees making recycling bins available to all city residents.
Fort Worth – Master Composter Class
November 3 – November 5 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at City of Fort Worth Southside Service Center, 4100 Columbus Trail, Fort Worth, TX 76133. The 16 hour Master Composter Course taught by State recognized instructor Larry Wilhelm will teach the in’s and outs of backyard composting, how organic-cycling can make a big difference in the health of your garden, yard and the success of your schools and municipalities, vermicomposting and more. Course runs Thursday and Friday evening and from 8:30 – 5 p.m. on Saturday. Attendees will receive Rodale Book of Composting and a Shepherd Compost Bin. $30 Fort Worth Residents, $45 Non-Residents. Register by calling: 817-871-7966 or 817-392-5151.
Fort Worth – Shred & Recycle Day
November 12, 2011 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at GreenStar Recycling, 1100 NE 23rd St., Fort Worth, TX 76164. Celebrate Texas Recycles Day by shredding your personal documents at GreenStar. Fort Worth residents can take up to five boxes (about 250 pounds) to be shredded. Business waste in not allowed. Event sponsored by City of Fort Worth and Greenstar Security Destruction.
Garland Goes Green
November 12, 2011 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Wal Mart Marketplace, 1801 Marketplace, Garland, TX 75041. The City of Garland Environmental Waste Services and Garland Stormwater educate residents about the importance of recycling and water conservation. For more information, please visit the City of Garland Environmental Waste Services webpage.
Grand Prairie – GEEP Texas E-Waste Collection
November 15, 2011 from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm at GEEP Texas Processing Facility, 2501 N Great Southwest Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75050. Electronic waste collection event for individuals and business in the Dallas/Ft. Worth vacinity. For more information, please call 972-602-2900.
Grapevine Recycles Day
November 12, 2011 from 8:00 am – noon at City Of Grapevine Municipal Service Center, 501 Shady Brook Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051. A drive thru format with several recycling stations where citizens can drop off a variety of items. For more information, please visit the Keep Grapevine Beautiful website.
Irving – Home Chemical Collection
Celebrate Texas Recycles Day by properly disposing of unwanted home chemicals from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at the northwest side of Irving Mall, 3880 Irving Mall. Disposal is free to residents. Proof of residency, such as a valid driver's license or utility bill, are required. For more information, call Solid Waste Services at (972) 721-8059. View the list of acceptable and unacceptable items online.
Mansfield – America Recycles Day
November 12, 2011 from 9:00 am – 11:00pm at Mansfield City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St., Mansfield, TX 76063. City of Mansfield and Keep Mansfield Beautiful will be collecting electronics, large appliances, and grocery bags from residents. Good Will Industries will be taking the electronics we collect. Mansfield Appliance will take the large appliances (washers, dryers, water heaters, dishwasher, refrigerator) and the grocery bags will be taken to a grocery store who recycles them.
Mesquite Recycles Day
November 12, 2011 from 8:00 am – noon at Poteet High School, 3300 Poteet High, Mesquite, TX 75150. Event Description: In conjunction with the City of Mesquite, Keep Mesquite Beautiful offers Mesquite Recycles day twice annually. During this event, we accept e-waste, tires and used appliances, gently used toys, clothing, and accessories, cell phones, batteries, and charges, used books, magazines, dvds, and the like, and used eye glasses. Local non-profit agencies take usable donations and prepare them for re-use, and document destruction is available that day as well. For more information, please visit the City of Mesquite webpage.
North Richland Hills – Northeast Recycles Day Flea Market
November 12, 2011 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at the ATI Training Center Parking Lot, 6357 Blvd 26 (Grapevine Hwy/Hwy 26), North Richland Hills, TX 76180. Bargain shoppers paradise! Visitors can find unique and unusual items while supporting the Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Mission of the Northeast Environmental Team (N.E.E.T.). 100 Vendors will be selling used items and/or items made from recycled materials. Also on site will be free document shredding and a free electronic recycling drop-off center.
Plano – Texas Recycles Day Recycle Round-up
November 12, 2011 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at Clark High School, 523 West Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75023. Round up the treasures (clean and in good condition) hidden in your garage, closets and attic and bring them to our one day drop-off collection event.
Bicycles*- bicycles in all conditions for donation to children of all ages (Partner: Bikes for Tykes and Bicycle Recycle)
Books*- ( Partner: Friends of the Plano Public Library)
Cell Phones- (Partner: ECO Phones)
Clothing- men's, women's and children's clothing, belts, purses, backpacks, wallets, duffle bags and stuffed animals (gently used and clean items only) (Partner: World Wear Project)
Document Shredding- TWO BOX limit per household (13 x16 x26 ) no commercial business paperwork accepted. Secure on-site shredding until truck is full (Partner: DFWShredding.com)
Eye Glasses*- prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, reading glasses, frames and accessories (Partner: Plano New Millennium Lions Club)
Pet Products- collars, leashes, toys, nail clippers, pet bowls, brushes, combs, small rugs, towels, blankets, animal shampoo, laundry detergent, dish detergent, spray bottles, IAMS canned and dry food (unopened), Tidy Cat non-clumping litter, flea products, dog and cat treats (Partner: Plano Animal Services)
Shoes*- adult athletic shoes and children's shoes (any style) in good condition (Partner: Shoe Bank)
*Non-profit organizations may provide receipts; no other organization will provide donation receipts.
For more information, visit the Live Green in Plano website.
Rowlett – Composting Class
November 12, 2011 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am at Rowlett Community Centre, 5300 Main Street, Rowlett, TX 75088. Master Composter Sara Beckleman starts a compost pile with grass and leaves, along with other items that help the contents breakdown. The finale is showing worms used to create compost from food discards. Attendees receive Composting handouts and each household receives a compost bin to take home. For more information, please visit the Keep Rowlett Beautiful website.
Trophy Club – Lakeview Elementary PTA Recycles!
November 8, 2011 to November 15, 2011 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm at Lakeview Elementary School, 100 Village Trail, Trophy Club, TX 76262. November 8th through the 15th bring in your plastic grocery sacks to recycle! We are celebrating Texas Recycles Day on November 15th! For more information, please visit the Lakeview Elementary PTA website.
Wylie – E-Waste Recycle Day
November 15, 2011 from 7:30 am – 12:30 pm at Wally Watkins Elementary School, 1301 Elm Drive, Wylie, TX 75098. Wally Watkins Elementary PTA is hosting an E-Waste Recycle Day to celebrate America Recycles Day. The E-Waste Recycle Day will be held at Watkins Elementary School, 1301 Elm Drive from 7:30 am “ 12:30 pm, November 15, 2011 and the community is urged to bring its electronic waste. For more information, please visit the Watkins PTA website.