Since 1997, people across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. This is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling — a day to educate and motivate our neighbors, friends and community leaders about what can be achieved when we all work together. Below are some ways to get in the America Recycles Day spirit in Austin, TX.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Recycles DayLocation: TPWD Austin HQ, 4200 Smith School Rd. Date and time: Friday, November 15, 2013, starting at 10 a.m. Event description: In conjunction with its annual health fair, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Recycles Day event invites TPWD employees to learn about recycling opportunities at home and at work. These include chances to learn about and participate in single-stream recycling, composting and household hazardous waste collection events at work. For more information: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees can contact Andee Chamberlain at email@example.com.
Conservation QuestLocation: Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Dr. Date and time: Saturday, November 16, 2013, from 10 a.m. to noon Event description: You might recycle newspaper and yogurt containers, but what else could you be recycling? Learn more about the impact of recycling in the Conservation Quest exhibit and then take part in the hands-on activities at the Austin Nature & Science Center. See a solar array on a trailer from Austin Energy and make a craft from old books with the Austin Public Library’s Recycled Reads program. For more information: Visit austintexas.gov/event/conservation-quest-recycling.
Composting and recycling at University of Texas football gameLocation: Darrell K. Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium, Gate 14, near 23rd Street and Robert Dedman Drive Date and Time: Saturday, November 16, 2013, from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Event Description: Join together to help educate fans about composting and recycling and monitor the compost stations. Sixteen volunteers are needed to join the game-day recycling team and ensure recycling and compost are properly disposed. Recycling and composting volunteers earn free entry into the stadium. Registration is required. For more information: Visit keepaustinbeautiful.org/LRR.
Free composting class at Yarborough Branch LibraryLocation: Yarborough Branch Library, 2200 Hancock Dr. Date and Time: Saturday, November 16, 2013, from 2 to 3 p.m. Event Description: This class is a part of Austin Resource Recovery’s composting rebate program, which challenges citizens to complete a free composting class, downsize to a 32-gallon trash cart and purchase a home composting system. Austin Resource Recovery curbside customers who complete these three challenges are eligible for a rebate of 75% off the cost of their new home composting system, up to $75. For more information: Visit austintexas.gov/event/free-composting-class-yarborough-branch-library. If this event doesn’t work into your schedule but you’d like to be a part of Austin’s Resource Recovery’s compost rebate program, there is another composting class scheduled in December. Here’s the information:
Free composting class at Little Walnut Branch LibraryLocation: Little Walnut Branch Library, 835 W. Rundberg Ln. Date and time: Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 11 a.m. to noon Event description: This December class is part of Austin Resource Recovery’s composting rebate program. For more information: Visit austintexas.gov/event/free-composting-class-little-walnut-branch-library. For information about the City of Austin’s Home Composting Rebate Challenge, visit austintexas.gov/composting.