Did you know that since 1980, the recycling rate in America has gone from less than 10% to 35%?

As more people have made the commitment to recycle, we've made great progress toward reducing waste and conserving energy and natural resources.

But did you also know there's a right way and a wrong way to recycle? Before throwing something in the recycle bin, be sure to follow these recycling best practices. Note: Recycling guidelines very by location. Check with your local recycling authority FIRST!

Items should be clean and dry, or they may contaminate the other materials and end up in the landfill. 

Do you want to recycle other items that aren't listed here? BeRecycled.org has an expanded list of materials and recycling guidelines for each.

November 15 is America Recycles Day: a day to learn more, motivate others, and participate in recycling initiatives in your community. Whether you're already a dedicated recycler or just starting out, take the pledge to up your recycling game and find an event near you at AmericaRecyclesDay.org.

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