The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 75 percent of solid waste is recyclable, but only about 30 percent is actually recycled. On Nov. 15, people across the country will participate in the 17th annual America Recycles Day to help promote the benefits of recycling. Multiple organizations, including Georgia Aquarium, and over 52,000 individuals have already taken the pledge to learn more, take action and share with others about recycling.

Georgia Aquarium strives to be a global steward and represents making responsible recycling choices that affect not only inhabitants on land, but also ocean life. Rehabilitation, Responsibility, Rescue and Research are the four areas of focus for the 4R Program.

The national recycling rate has increased every year for the past 30 years. The current recycling rate is 34.5 percent. America Recycles Day hopes to continue increasing this percentage each year by creating awareness about recycling and its benefits. The America Recycles Day pledge includes learning more about what materials can be recycled, taking action by reducing personal waste, and sharing by encoring friends and family to take the pledge.

The smallest actions have the biggest impact on our environment, and there are several ways that you can help raise recycling awareness. Find recycling events in your area or create your own, learn about what products can be recycled, select products that have minimal packaging or are made out of reusable materials, and take the America Recycles Day pledge at http://americarecyclesday.org/pledge/. Education on the value of recycling to preserve our world oceans for future generations can also be found throughout Georgia Aquarium exhibits. To learn more about recycling and its importance, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.

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ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, contains more than 10 million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards; offering engaging and exciting guest experiences promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.