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November 15 – America Recycles Day

November 16, 2016 | Living With Heart | By: The Goodhart Group

America Recycles Day is a program of Keep America Beautiful. November 15 is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.


While the national recycling rate has increased over the last 30 years, it is relatively low at just 34%. Considering that over 87% of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs, this number should be much higher! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 75% of the country’s waste is recyclable; however only about 30% is currently recycled.

The good news is that the local recycling rate is much higher. The City of Alexandria estimates its recycling rate at nearly 49%.


For recycling information throughout the area, click the links below.

Arlington County

Fairfax County

Washington, DC

Montgomery County

If you are not sure where to recycle your old cellphone, electronics or TV? Check out this recycling locator for a location near you.


Did you know that Alexandria has several innovative recycling initiatives?

  • The City uses its trash as fuel to generate electricity. A year’s worth of Alexandria trash generates enough electricity for 20,000 homes!
  • The Residential Food Waste Collection Program allows locals to bring their food waste to any weekend Farmer’s Market in the City. The City then brings it to a facility in Maryland for composting.
  • Alexandria has a dropoff for Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling on Colvin Street. Click here for a list of what you can recycle there.

If you’re not sure what the City of Alexandria accepts as recycling, keep this list handy:

  • mixed and shredded paper;
  • clean, unwaxed cardboard;
  • gable top cartons and juice containers;
  • glass bottles and jars (excluding window and drinking glasses); and
  • ALL plastic bottles, jugs, jars, tubs, pails, buckets and lids (no need to check the number on the bottom!)
    metal food and beverage containers.

Take the America Recycles Day pledge today!

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