​National Crush Day 2018 – September 27

National Crush Day, also referred to as Crush a Can Day, is held every September 27 and highlights the importance of recycling. It’s a reminder that recycling reduces carbon emissions, saves money, and cuts down on waste. National Crush Day is an opportunity for those who care about the environment to advocate for recycling.

National Crush Day - History

​2016
​Plastic-eating bacteria

A team of scientists in Japan discovers a bacteria that eats the plastic in water bottles. Yum!​

​2007
​Recycle those phones!

​Five states pass laws making it mandatory to recycle old electronics, including cell phones.

​1995
​Recycling craze

Sixty-three percent of aluminum cans in the United States are put out for recycling; 80 percent in California.​

​1981
It's the law

Woodbury, New Jersey becomes the first municipality in the country to mandate recycling.​

​1970
Earth Day​

The first Earth Day is celebrated to highlight the importance of recycling and protecting the environment.​

National Crush Day Activities

1. Spread the word
Be an advocate for recycling by convincing your friends and family to recycle their used metal. Start a campaign to make sure everyone you know is doing their part to protect the environment.

2. Make it a game
Remember "kick" the can How about "crush" the can? Put some fun in recycling by getting the kids together to stomp on those aluminum cans before they go into the recycling bin.

3. Be an advocate
Research your area's recycling policies and become an advocate for stronger recycling laws. Help your local elected officials appreciate the need for recycling.

​4 Reasons We Love Aluminum

1. More valuable than you think

Americans throw away $1 billion worth of aluminum cans every year.​

2. Saves energy

Recycling one aluminum can provides enough energy to listen to a full album of music on an iPod.​

3. Lasts (almost) forever

Nearly 75 percent of all aluminum ever produced in the United States is still in use.​

4. We used to spend it

During World War II aluminum was in such high demand that ​people could exchange balls of used aluminum foil for such things as movie theater tickets.

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Why We Love National Crush Day

A. It saves money
It takes far less energy to produce cans and other metal storage containers from recycled materials than to make them from scratch. Crushing cans and sending them to the recycling center saves money.

B. It saves space
The world is dotted with landfills. Garbage has to go somewhere. Crushing cans and putting them out for recycling means less waste and less need for landfills.

C. It saves the planet
Excessive waste contributes negatively to climate change. Recycling metals reduces carbon emissions and has a positive impact on the environment.

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