america recycles day

America Recycles Day (the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling) has been bringing communities together since 1997 to celebrate, motivate and educate about recycling.  We can all play a role in promoting ARD by participating in an event, signing the online pledge, and telling our friends and family about the importance of recycling

Recycling has come a long way since its inception. Now, we have programs across the country to recycle paper, plastic, aluminum, cell phones and even computers, as well as a wealth of consumer goods made out of recycled content. All of which prompts us to ask, are you recycling the old way, or the new way? So how does recycling work in N.C.? Check out the North Carolina recycling plastics loop here.

Scroll through the list below to find an ARD event near you:

2011 Events

The following are ARD events (listed chronologically) that you can join!  From education activities to collection events, there are lots of opportunities to get involved with ARD.  Check this list often as more events are added as they are registered.  Please follow up with the organization directly if you have any questions or to confirm (all events are subject to change).


11/19/2011: Cary, NC
Paper Shred Event
400 James Jackson Avenue, 9 a.m. – noon.
We’re partnering with Shred It to celebrate on November 19 with a Paper Shred Event. This event is open to all Cary citizens. Simply bring your confidential papers (3 box max.) for free, on-site, secure destruction and recycling. You may also bring bagged pre-shredded paper for recycling.

11/16/11: Montreat, NC
Montreat College Recycling Bonanza
Educational activities, guest speaker, and distribution of newly purchased recycling bins

11/15/2011: Boone, NC
ASU Waste Reduction and Recycling
SWAP! to celebrate America Recycles Day!
Multicultural Center, Plemmons Student Union, 8 am- 6 pm
Clean out your closet, bring us your stuff, take what you want, FREE STUFF!  Leftovers go to local charities.  For more information/questions, email Michal ( or Nate (

11/15/2011: Chapel Hill, NC
Great Hall, Student Union
America Recycles Day and Campus Sustainability Day celebrations with exhibitors from campus and community groups.

11/15/2011: Chapel Hill, NC
Whole Foods Market, 81 S. Elliott Rd
We will have an expose of all things recyclable at our store including an info station about our compostable paper goods that we use in the cafe, a decomposition timeline so kids can place objects on the timeline and discover how long it takes to decompose and games, all to reinforce the importance of recycling. We will also showcase the numerous initiatives that Whole Foods Market has internally including our cardboard made into fireplace logs demo, plastic recycling, and food waste made into compost demo!

11/15/2011: Charlotte NC
City of Charlotte
Location: 100 W. Trade Street
Highlighting all waste reduction efforts in Uptown Charlotte to celebrate America Recycles Day.

11/10/2011 to 11/15/2011: Chatham County, NC 
Pledge to Recycle & Win: Pledge to recycle more, get a free gift (while supplies last), and be entered to win a cool America Recycles Day T-Shirt. Pledge forms available at all 12 County Collection Centers (one pledge per household).

11/15/2011: New Bern, NC
Craven Community College
Craven Recycles!  Come out and learn how CCC promotes recycling on campus.

11/15/2011: Elkin, NC
Location: Historic Downtown Elkin
Businesses in the Historic Downtown Elkin will be participating in Recycle Elkin by having pledge cards in their stores for customers to sign.


11/15/201: Fort Bragg, NC
Sustainable Fort Bragg: Education and outreach across post

11/15/2011: Fayetteville, NC
Fayetteville Takes the Pledge
City Hall: 433 Hay Street Fayetteville, NC 28301
Take the Pledge and receive a promotional giveaway.  We’ll also have information on the city’s curbside recycling program for single family homes and programs for multi-family units.  Spin the wheel, answer recycling questions and win a prize.  Two contests run November 15-30 for city residents.

11/15/2011: Gastonia, NC
Keep Belmont Beautiful America Recycles Day Event
Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County ReStore: 1840 E. Franklin Boulevard.
Keep Belmont Beautiful volunteers will educate ReStore customers and promote recycling by distributing America Recycles Day information and materials.

11/15/2011: Greenville, NC
Keep Greenville Beautiful
Location: WITN TV 7 News Parking Lot: 3221 Evans Street
Follow the Recycling Trail - Our Recycle Trailer will be at a specific location that day.  Residents can stop by and bring their recyclables and receive information on recycling.

10/31/2011 to 11/15/2011
Kids, Cans & Cash
High Point Material Recovery Facility
Kids, Cans and Cash is an event that encourages elementary schools in our City to collect and save as many aluminum cans as possible in order to turn them in to the City of High Point in exchange for cash. The three schools that collect the highest amount (per pound) will also win a pizza party for the whole school. The ratio of student verses pound is factored in so that smaller schools have just as much of a chance to win as the larger.


11/15/2011: Mocksville, NC
Paper Shredding Event
GFWC-NC Mocksville Woman’s Club
Commercial Shredding for paper documents - Join us and properly destroy confidential paper materials, while becoming more aware of helping our environment by recycling and helping to eliminate identify fraud.
Junkers Mill Stage Area: 105 S. Salisbury St. Mocksville, NC 27028

11/15/2011: Monroe, NC
The City of Monroe and Union County will partner to collect your recyclables. Recycling opportunities will be provided including shredding, cardboard, household batteries, and cell phones.  We will also provide educational exhibits about recycling in our community.
Location: Parking lot across from City Hall, corner of Jefferson and Charlotte Ave. Monroe, NC 28110

11/15/2011: Monroe, NC
City of Monroe and Union County Paper Shredding
Location: Downtown Monroe, 500 N. Main St. 9-11 a.m.

11/14/2011: Gastonia, NC
Event name: Shred Day 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Gastonia Farmers Market, 434 East Long Avenue
Free shredding of sensitive/personal materials by Pro-Shred; a partnership with Keep Gastonia Beautiful, Sonoco and Gaston County Solid Waste and Recycling.

11/12/2011: Charlotte, NC
Mecklenburg County Paper Shredding Day

11/12/2011: Conover, NC
Recycling is Easy!  Interactive Display of what products can be recycled in Catawba County and some recycling giveaways too!
Wal-Mart in Conover: 201 Zelkova Ct. NW

11/12/2011: Hickory, NC
Recycling is Easy!  Interactive Display of what products can be recycled in Catawba County and some recycling giveaways too!
Wal-Mart in Hickory: 2525 Us Highway 70 Se

11/12/2011: Oxford, NC
Granville County Schools
Location: Wal-Mart at 1015 Lewis Street, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Education event to promote recycling and pledge signing.

11/12/201: Raleigh, NC
Recycling Event: E-waste, plastic bag and paper shredding event.

11/12/201:  Rocky Mount, NC
Keep America Beautiful of Nash & Edgecombe Counties
Recycle old electronics and confidential documents, dispose of unwanted prescription drugs, and donate clothing.
Golden East Crossing Mall - Parking lot near entrances to Sears and JC Penney

11/12/2011: Wilkesboro, NC
A Greener World Recycling, Inc.
Location: Wal-mart at 1801 US Highway 421, Wilkesboro; 9 a.m. to noon
We’ll be setting up a table in Wal-Mart and talking to people about recycling. Playing games and giving out prizes.

11/12/2011: Elkin, NC
Recycle Elkin
Elkin Town Hall, 226 North Bridge Street
We will have a recycling information table, along with interactive recycling activities.

11/7/2011-11/15/201: Danbury, NC
America Recycles Week at Hanging Rock State Park
Various programs all week long focusing on recycling and why it’s important.

11/5/2011: Charlotte, NC
ARD at the Charlotte Checkers hockey game

11/5/2011: Charlotte, NC
Johnson C Smith University Tailgate vs. Livingstone College
High School students will encourage recycling at this college event, to inspire college students to recycle more.
11/1/2011 to 11/30/2011: Eden, NC
City of Eden and Keep Eden Beautiful
Public education/awareness campaign to inform citizens on recycling options in our community. Kick-off event in conjunction with local merchants group: Ladies Night Out Goes Green, where shoppers are invited to bring their recyclable items to various merchants for collection.

10/30/2011 to 11/11/2011: Greensboro, NC
Ca$h & Cans
All elementary and middle schools in the city of Greensboro can celebrate ARD by collecting aluminum cans and bringing them to the FCR Recycling Center from October 31 - 2pm on November 11, 2011. Three schools collecting the most pounds of aluminum will be declared winners on November 15.

10/17/2011: Raleigh, NC
Recycling booth at the North Carolina State Fair

10/6/2011-10/8/2011: Madison, NC
America Recycles Day booth at the Madison County Fair . Contact name: Amanda Cutshaw
Madison County Solid Waste

10/1/2011-11/30/2011: Jacksonville, NC
Keep Onslow Beautiful America Recycles Day
Countywide recycle events throughout October and November with Recycle Kickoffs at schools and booths at events and parades.
Keep Onslow Beautiful

9/23/2011: Shelby, NC
Recycle/Reuse/Repurpose Art Teacher Workshop
Cleveland County Arts Council
Workshop’s intent is to provide kindergarten through high school art teachers with an introduction to use of recycle/reuse/repurposed materials in their curriculum in the Cleveland County School system. Workshop includes a throughout history in various cultures; introduction to past and present recycle/reuse/repurpose artists; creative exercises for the classroom; interactive discussion and idea session with the group; hands on demonstrations and projects that can be applied to all grade levels; resources for ideas and materials; recycle/reuse/repurpose community projects; recycling in Cleveland county.

9/10/201: Charlotte, NC
Mecklenburg County Home Composting Class
Event Website:

9/10/2011: Charlotte, NC
Earthfair at Friendship Baptist Missionary Church
1st Earth Fair at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday Sept., 10th, 9:00am - 1:30pm.  Come and learn more about conserving energy, water, air and food. Learn how to make your own compost pile!!  This event is FREE and open to the Public with learning and fun activities for the entire family.
Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful


Thanks also to the following groups who are hosting private ARD events in North Carolina:

  • Durham County Office Recycling Program- Durham, NC
  • North Carolina Wesleyan College- Rocky Mount, NC
  • Mary C. Williams Elementary- Wilmington, NC
  • Collinswood Language Academy- Charlotte, NC
  • Girl Scout troop 3799- Durham, NC
  • Guilford Technical Community College Rotaract Club- Jamestown, NC
  • City of Gastonia and Keep Gastonia Beautiful- Gastonia, NC
  • Brush Creek Elementary School- Madison, NC
  • Madison High School- Madison, NC
  • New Salem Elementary Green Team- Marshville, NC
  • Vincent Recycling-Charlotte, NC
  • Carolinas Medical Center- Charlotte, NC
  • Fayetteville Beautiful- Fayetteville, NC
  • Rubbermaid Green Team- Huntersville, NC
  • Otto Environmental Systems North America, Inc- Charlotte, NC
  • The Battery Man- Charlotte, NC
  • Honda Aero, Inc- Burlington, NC
  • Elkin Elementary School- Elkin, NC
  • Franklinton Elementary School-Franklinton, NC
  • Clay County Schools- Clay County, NC
  • Perdue Farms- Cofield, NC
  • Keep Shelby Beautiful- Shelby, NC
  • Laurel Elementary Recycling Pep Rally- Marshall, NC
  • Lake Norman High School- Moorseville, NC


Recycled Content Products

This year when people take the recycling pledge, they can pledge to:

+Learn. About the recycling options in their community.
+Act. Reduce their personal waste by recycling. Within the next month, start to recycle one new type of material.


Recycled Content Products

Look on the package to determine if a product contains recycled material. If it has a logo like the one on the left, it is a reminder to recycle the product. If it has the logo on the right, then the product has recycled content. Check out the great educational recycled content classroom kits on our Resource List that can help drive home the message.

When buying recycled products make sure you know the difference!


recycle logo

Did you know many companies in N.C. make products with recycled content such as bean bag chairs in Lexington?

Besides your magazines, pickle jars, cardboard boxes, aluminum cans and washing machines having recycled content material, other products do also. Below is a list of companies that sell products with recycled content. Don’t forget your "Mom and Pop" stores who also sell recycled content products. Click here for a list of companies that sell environmentally friendly products.



Office Supplies

Office Depot | Staples

Household Products

Wal-Mart | Target

Kitchen Products

Harris Teeter | Whole Foods

Outdoor Products

Home Depot


Walden Kayaks

Clothing and Shoes

Patagonia | Sierra Trading Post | Simple

More Resources:
Visit the ARD Resources page for access to ARD posters, logos, graphics and documents.

-Recycle Guys Home For questions, contact Heather Cashwell  (919) 707-8127
N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach
1639 Mail Service Center • Raleigh NC 27699-1639  • (877) 623-6748
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