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Matthew C. Woodruff
America Recycles Day(via EPA)

Want an easy way to help create over 680,00 jobs and $37.8 billion dollars in wages this year? The answer might surprise you. Recycle. Recycling contributes not only to the protection of our environment but also to “American prosperity.” As much as 7% of the waste that the average person throws out daily could instead be recycled and turned into objects such as park benches, picnic tables, or high-chairs.

This is just one of the many reasons why we are encouraged to recycle. Community expectations are another factor motivating recycling. If all our neighbors set out their diligently prepared recycling bins, and if everyone uses the right containers for recycling at work, and if all your fellow guests at social gatherings follow sorting directions, then publicly failing to recycle might feel like an embarrassing shirk of civic responsibility.

America Recycles Day, held on Nov. 15 each year, is coordinated by Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit supported mainly by major corporations and public agencies. Last year, the nonprofit helped promote nearly 3,000 related events in all 50 states.

As the holidays approach, think of the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ mantra. Recycling clothes, furniture and other household goods is also key to reducing our impact on the environment. There are a variety of ways to recycle your clothes and home goods, from homeless shelters, donation centers and consignment shops.

When you shop at a consignment store, or a vintage store, or a resale store, or Ebay, you are saving natural energy resources, such as water (used in manufacturing). And you’re also reducing emissions because less of those new products are being made. Experts say, when shopping for the holiday season, be mindful of purchases, so, if it’s something that you could get [for the same] quality and it could be purchased second-hand, do that and you will be helping to save the Earth and you’re also saving yourself some money.

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Matthew is a free-lance journalist, and an internationally award-winning author best known for Dark Humor/Lite Horror/Supernatural short stories, as well as an ordained minister who served as a domestic missionary. He is a lover of the unusual, travel, cats and the spark that makes people tick. Matthew is based in Florida, USA.

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