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America Recycles Day

November 15, 2023

Today is America Recycles Day, and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate a day highlighting sustainability! Our great state of Colorado has made some large strides to prioritize sustainability initiatives in the last few years. One example is that Colorado was one of six municipalities in the country that made changes toward stricter recycling processes at the beginning of the year. 

The primary focus was the reduction of single-use plastics through the implementation of a 10-cent fee on plastic bags across the state, and the banning of polystyrene containers for food-related businesses. This was just the first  step in a multiyear-long plan to boost the state’s overall recycling rate.

Currently, Colorado is a state with an incredibly low rate of recycling. We are at a surprising 16% recycling rate, compared to the national average of 32%. This has been a major motivator to implement a statewide free recycling program for households. Because this program has a few years until its rollout, we figured we could share some facts and bust some recycling myths to celebrate America Recycles day. 

Here at We Don’t Waste we educate our community on the full lifecycle of food, and how to prevent all kinds of waste be kind to our planet. While reducing waste at the source and reusing products are ideal, it is important to remember that recycling is the next best alternative for sustainability. 

When it comes to organic waste products, recycling inedible food isn’t really an option, but composting is! Learn more about how to get started composting on our blog.