By Nina Wu
Today (Friday, Nov. 15) is America Recycles Day.
Singer Jack Johnson and the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, in partnership with Schnitzer Steel Hawaii Corp., are hosting an Aloha Aina Recycling Drive at Sunset Beach Elementary School tomorrow on Saturday (Nov. 16.).
From 9 a.m. to noon, the drive (part of the Kokua Hawaii Foundation's 3R's School Recycling Program), will collect all types of scrap metal, including bicycles; computers and game systems; all types of batteries; newspaper; beverage bottles and corrugated cardboard; used cooking oil; clothing; printer cartridges; and used appliances.
Johnson will be on hand to assist with recycling collections. Sunset Beach Elementary School was the first to join Kokua's 3Rs recycling Program 10 years ago, when Johnson debuted his "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" song at a school assembly in the cafeteria.
Meanwhile, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is taking to Twitter in an effort to encourage dialogue on how to increase recycling rates. The hashtag for America Recycles Day will be #ScrapChat, as experts from the industry offer resources and information on how recycling works.
It will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time (9 to 10 a.m. Hawaii time).
The discussion will cover topics, including how to get more people to recycle, the biggest challenges to recycling and tips on recycling and upcycling. Questions can also be sent to @ISRI.
Here in Hawaii, meanwhile, Recycle Hawaii is working with Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful and its local affiliates in Honolulu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii island to coordinate events that day.
Recycle-Bowl, a nationwide youth recycling competition from Oct. 21 to Nov. 15, is a great, interactive way for students to learn about waste reduction through in-school recycling. The competition is open to all elementary, middle and high schools, which track and report how much recyclable material they collect for a chance to win prizes. The school in each state that collects the most recyclable material per capital will win $1,000. Last year, that title went to Konawaena High School.
Visit www.americarecyclesday.org to learn more.