The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Silver Spring, Maryland, has announced its support of America Recycles Day Nov. 15, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful, Stamford, Connecticut.
America Recycles Day annually promotes and celebrates recycling culture in the United States. SWANA and its members are committed supporters and advocates of the training, campaigns, events and program improvements offered by Keep America Beautiful that help move the recycling industry forward, says the association.
“SWANA is proud to collaborate with associations like Keep America Beautiful that share our mission of improving the management of solid waste,” says Jeff Murray, SWANA’s international president. “I hope that we can all take some time during this important day to consider how each of us can improve our recycling mindset in our office, schools and homes every day of the year.”
In 2017, SWANA says America Recycles Day comes at a time when the association recognizes the increased importance and need for recycling education. With the Chinese ban on material imports and other related restrictions looming over U.S. recycling programs, SWANA says it important to fund strong and effective recycling education programs that remind companies and homeowners to place only “the right stuff” in their recycling bins.
“Recent events make clear that it is critical for American recycling facilities to generate high-quality material; that’s true not only in order to export to China, but also to provide quality feedstock to North American companies,” says David Biderman, SWANA’s executive director and CEO. “Everyone from the waste generator to the collector to the MRF (material recovery facility) operator plays an important role in improving material quality. We also need to consider increasing municipal education and communications relating to recycling, to help guide American consumers on how to recycle properly.”
SWANA urges the industry and public to promote Keep America Beautiful’s “Be Recycled” message and to recognize the importance of educated recycling habits on America Recycles Day, and every day.
SWANA is an organization of more than 9,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 50 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field.