ACUA to Celebrate “America Recycles Day”

America Recycles Day is Saturday, Nov. 13.

The community is invited to attend the Atlantic County Utilities Authority America Recycles Day celebration 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at the ACUA Environmental Park, 6700 Delilah Road. Rain date is Saturday, Nov. 20.

The free event offers hands-on activities for the whole family, including recycled arts and crafts, games, activities, and giveaways.

Children can “Touch a Truck” where they can get up close to trucks and equipment, and ACUA mascot, Supercan. Winners of the ACUA’s Recycled Art Contest will be announced, and art project entries will be showcased in an on-site art show.

Children can enter to win a free plush Supercan toy made from recycled materials, and eligible adults can enter to win a free 96-gallon recycling cart for their home, a $75 value.

America Recycles Day, inspired by the National Keep America Beautiful program, is celebrated each year to draw attention to the importance of properly disposing of waste, especially recycling, the right way.

This year, America Recycles Day focuses on individual action, highlighting the collective positive environmental impact the small changes we make in our daily lives can have.

“Recycling remains as one of the easiest things we can do to benefit the environment,” ACUA president Rick Dovey said in a news release. “Our America Recycles Day celebration is a fun way to bring attention to this, along with some other simple things people can do to make a difference.”

ACUA’s event will include opportunities for people to learn about other types of recycling, waste reduction and reuse from community partners and other organizations.

The Atlantic County Master Composters will be on hand to share information on how to recycle kitchen scraps and yard waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendments.

The Atlantic County 4H will have information on their monthly electronics recycling collection. Raven Ahmed of Earth First Native Plants will lead a free workshop at 3 p.m. for participants to make a fall wreath from natural materials.

Other organizations including Stockton University’s Noyes Museum, Atlantic County Master Gardeners, Watershed Ambassadors and other organizations will share information and offer activities.

Atlantic County residents are encouraged to visit ACUA’s website to be sure they’re up-to-date on recycling guidelines and learn more about the event.