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Anheuser-Busch Sponsors ‘America Recycles Day’–and It’s Today

It’s America Recycles Day, that annual holiday sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, the American Chemistry Council, Waste Management and other companies that have made fortunes manufacturing, filling and picking up disposable containers. It’s their way of thanking us for helping keep all that plastic out of the gutters and the landfills, so that it can be downcycled into benches. But really we need a week to celebrate all the better ways to deal with the problem of waste, with recycling coming after our favorite Rs:

 

  • Reduce: Just use less.
  • Return: Producers should take back what they sell.
  • Reuse: Almost boring, but we throw too much stuff out too soon.
  • Repair: Fix and mend things rather than replacing them.
  • Refill: In Ontario Canada, 88% of beer bottles are returned to the beer store, washed and refilled; just south of the border in the USA, the number drops to under 5%.
  • Rot: Compost what is left over, turning it into valuable nutrients.
  • Refuse: Simply refuse to accept this crap from the manufacturers any more.

Watch the above video made by Margaret Badore that explains it all!

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3:51AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

6:01PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Please everyone do you part.

10:34AM PST on Nov 25, 2013

I wish the entire world recycled the way they do in France. There are containers everywhere.

9:00AM PST on Nov 23, 2013

Reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, respect. Repost

8:31AM PST on Nov 22, 2013

Everything is recycled-composted and reused in our house. Thank you
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2:28AM PST on Nov 21, 2013

Thank you for reminding :)

1:13AM PST on Nov 21, 2013

I've been to many places in the world and am totally disgusted at the garbage all over, mostly plastic bottles. If Egypt or Tunisia or places where one cannot drink the tap water, would set up recycling places, payment for returning bottles, how clean the place would be. Also help people financially.

7:18PM PST on Nov 20, 2013

Reduce > Reuse > Recycle!

3:47PM PST on Nov 20, 2013

I agree - EVERY day is Recycle Day.

In the townhouse complex where I live, a couple years ago we got red recycle bins that get picked up once a week. Currently they accept only glass bottles, newspapers, plastic containers, and metal cans; however, that accounts for a lot and it's a good start. I go to a recycle center near where I live about once a month.

P.S. I'm with you on the microbrews, Tomoko.

3:46PM PST on Nov 20, 2013

I agree - EVERY day is Recycle Day.

In the townhouse complex where I live, a couple years ago we got red recycle bins that get picked up once a week. Currently they accept only glass bottles, newspapers, plastic containers, and metal cans; however, that accounts for a lot and it's a good start. I go to a recycle center near where I live about once a month.

P.S. I'm with you on the microbrews, Tomoko.

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