America Recycles Day

On America Recycles Day, we recognize the importance of recycling and its positive impacts on both the environment and the economy. To celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15, Nevada Recycles hosts an annual event to get students, teachers, and the public involved in spreading the word about why recycling is important!

In celebration of 2021 America Recycles Day, all of Nevada’s K-12 students are invited to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to recycling by participating in the Nevada Recycles Poster Contest.

Entry deadline: October 18, 2021 at 5:00 PM


Poster Contest Theme: Empty, Clean, and Dry!

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling benefits your community and the environment.

For recycling to be effective, it must be done properly. Any recyclable placed in your recycling bin should be:

1. Empty: the item has been emptied of all its contents.

2. Clean: the item has been quickly rinsed if needed.

3. Dry: the item has had time to dry before being placed in the recycling bin.

While all bottles, cans and containers should be clean, dry and free of most food waste before you place them in your recycling container, they don’t need to be spotless. The goal is to make sure they are clean enough to avoid contaminating other materials, like paper and cardboard. Try using a spatula to scrape cans and jars, and putting recyclables in your sink among the dishes you are rinsing to share that same water to rinse and remove residue. (

Did you know, if contamination is found in a recycling bin, the whole bin has to be discarded in the landfill? Not only does the material go to waste, but all of your hard work to separate the material and all of the hard work of your providers to pick up and sort the material have gone to waste too. These three simple rules will help keep materials in the reuse cycle and out of the landfill.


Poster Contest Prizes: $600 in prizes for students and their schools!

One grand-prize winner from each grade category will receive a $50 gift card. The grand-prize winner’s school from each grade category will receive a $100 gift card for room supplies. Winning artwork will be used in Nevada to help promote recycling and America Recycles Day, celebrated every year on November 15th.

We hope your school, organization or business will participate. View full contest details on our Nevada Recycles Poster Contest event page! We look forward to working with you. Please contact Skylar Jones (contact information below) if you have any questions.



Want to learn more about waste and sustainability related topics? The Nevada Recycles website has great resources on different waste topics, at-home learning links, waste curriculum, and staff is now available for virtual presentations. Contact our Outreach Coordinator, Skylar Jones at s.jones[at] for more information.