LiveGreen: Celebrating recycling

by Melanie Stewart, LiveGreen | November 11, 2020

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This Sunday, Nov. 15, is America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting the act of recycling and buying recycled products.

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Of all the "Days," American Recycles Day is the easiest to celebrate because it takes no preparation. If you're finished using a product and it is recyclable, then put it in the correct recycling bin -- that's all there is to it. Not sure what to recycle on campus? Watch this short video to find out, or visit our recycling page for information. Check out the Wasteline site for recycling information in and around Omaha.

We have already told you how important it is to recycle. You know about the huge impact it can have on our planet, natural resources and economy. Make sure you recycle right -- wish-cycling and/or sorting items incorrectly actually creates more problems and increases waste. Here are some resources from Keep Omaha Beautiful to help you correctly recycle everything possible.

  • Recycle Right: Learn what can and cannot be recycled curbside. (It's more than you think.)
  • Searchable Recycling Charts: Have a specific item to recycle? Find out how here and here.
  • Recycling and Reuse Resources: Divert waste even if it can't be recycled curbside.

When you go to purchase a product, anything from a pack of paper to packaged food, take a look at the label. If it contains the three-arrow triangle (often referred to as the recycle symbol), it is recyclable. If that triangle is inside a circle, that product is made from recycled content. The package should also tell you that it's made from recycled content, the percentage of that item that was made from recycled materials, and whether or not the materials are "post-consumer content."

Post-consumer means the material came from the end-user, and that material would have otherwise ended up in the landfill, as it had no other value. These are items like pop cans, paper or plastic that has been used. Pre-consumer/industrial content is still recycled material, but that material was produced during the production of another product. Examples include wood chips, sawdust and glass or metal shavings.

By purchasing products that have the highest percentage possible of recycled content, you complete the loop and make sure your recycling effort has value. This is an easy step and takes no extra effort at all.

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