I say bah humbug.
No doubt recycling has benefits. But, it is vastly superior to eliminate waste in the first place. Or as much waste as possible. Instead of recycling a plastic bottle, skip the plastic bottle entirely and use a re-usable stainless steel bottle. Instead of choosing a paper or plastic bag and recycling either one of them, use reusable shopping bags at the store. Instead of using disposable plates for a party that are made out of 20% corn or post content recycled material or something, use the ceramic or glass plates you have. Instead of take out food containers, bring your own containers – many restaurants will use them (if you aren’t brown-bagging that lunch).
A day that makes you feel good about creating waste is not a day to celebrate. Not at all.
Just look at the sponsors of America Recycles Day – Waste Management (no vested interested there), Nestle Waters (boo), and others. C’mon – I mean really. A bottled water company sponsoring America Recycles Day? Get real.
What it should be is zero waste day. I agree with TreeHugger. I’m not buying a single disposable item today – what about you?