America Recycles Day was last Friday…but you can recycle every day!
I recently participated in America Recycles Day (November 15) by donating four pairs of not-gently-used shoes to the handy recycling bin located outside Atlanta’s City Hall. I was pleased to learn that the recycling partner the City chose – American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS) – is committed to the reuse and recycling of textiles. ATRS provides some interesting recycling/reuse information on its website:
I’ve been recycling (and composting) since I was a child, thanks to my mother, whose Depression-era childhood taught her the value of using resources wisely. I have fond memories of going with my mom to a local recycling drop-off spot and loading it with months’ worth of old newspapers. But I hadn’t given a lot of thought to the recycling of clothing, shoes, stuffed animals. In all honesty, I’d never thought about recycling stuffed animals.
And for those who think their stuff is too trashed (think old running shoes) for reuse or recycling, think again. The midsole portion of running shoes can be recycled and use to build running tracks and even tennis courts (http://www.practicallygreen.com/actions/recycle-old-running-shoes-and-sneakers). How cool is that?
I give big props to organizations, cities, and individuals who make recycling easier and readily available. And I’m grateful to all the people who take the time to recycle plastic, paper, aluminum, glass, cardboard, stuffed animals, running shoes, motor oil, etc. Every little bit matters.