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America Recycles Day is Nov. 15

November 12th, 2012
Many plastic containers, No. 1 and No. 2, can be recycled in Hawaii. Photo courtesy of Recycle Hawa‘i.

A visual example of the many everyday plastic containers, No. 1 and No. 2, that can be recycled in Hawaii. Photo courtesy of Recycle Hawa‘i.

This coming Thursday, Nov. 15, is America Recycles Day — a nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to embrace more of the everyday actions that lead to a sustainable lifestyle.

So it's a day to be conscious of what can be recycled instead of tossed into the trash can. I see a lot of items — SOLO beverage cups for instance (Which are No. 1), cardboard pizza boxes, and laundry detergent and shampoo bottles that end up in the trash when they could go in the blue bin for recycling.

Here are 15 tips for recycling more.

Recycle Hawai‘i on Hawaii island is working in partnership with Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful and all its affiliates to host events throughout the islands. The following is a brief list of those events:

Thursday, Nov. 15

>> America Recycles Day ConcertRecycle Hawai‘i sponsors the America Recycles Day Concert for invited schools from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Palace Theater in Hilo.

>> Zero Waste Cafeteria Day. Today, schools in Hawaii learn about the waste that can be diverted from the landfill and how to eat healthy. Visit to find out more.

>> Recycle-Bowl Competition. Schools may participate in this national competition, in which schools receive recognition for their recycling efforts. State champions receive $1,000 as a prize. The national winner receives $2,500.

>> Take a tour. See first-hand how several green businesses on Oahu take the responsibility of recycling seriously through the city and county of Honolulu's "Tour de Trash" from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Start and finish at the Kahala Hotel & Resort. You'll also visit Whole Foods Market, Gyotaku Japanese Restaurant and the Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki. Call 768-3200 to register or visit for more information.

Visit for tips on recycling and more information about events.

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