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McDonough, GA 30253
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Stay tuned as we work to bring you more information about "Greening Henry County", including an exciting contest!

Compositing in Georgia Compositing at Home in Georgia: Click here to download a brochure about composting and resources.


Five Reasons to Recycle

  • Recycling conserves our valuable natural resources.
  • Recycling saves energy.
  • Recycling saves clean air and clean water.
  • Recycling saves landfill space.
  • Recycling can save money and create jobs.

In a lifetime, the average American will throw away 600 times his or her adult weight in garbage. This means that each adult will leave a legacy of 90,000 lbs. of trash for his or her children.

Enough energy is saved by recycling one aluminum can to run a TV set for three hours or to light one 100 watt bulb for 20 hours.

Americans throw away enough aluminum every three months to> rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.

You can make 20 cans out of recycled material with the same amount of energy it takes to make one new one.

Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates 1 job, land filling the same amount creates 6 jobs, recycling the same 10,000 tons creates 36 jobs.

Everyday Americans buy 62 million newspapers and throw out 44 million. That's the equivalent of dumping 500,000 trees into a landfill every week.

Americans throw away enough office and writing paper annually to build a wall 12 feet high stretching from Los Angeles to New York City.

If everyone in the U.S. recycled just 1/10 of their newsprint, we would save an estimated equivalent of about 25 million trees a year.

One tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air each year.

One ton of recycled paper uses: 64% less energy, 50% less water, 74% less air pollution, saves 17 trees and creates 5 times more jobs than one ton of paper products from virgin wood pulp.



Tip of the Day

There is a great place to use household items: the garden!  The following waste items can be modified and used for planting seedlings in your yard or garden:

  • Egg cartons
  • Tetra-Pak cartons
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic containers for cherry tomatoes
  • Old boots and shoes
  • Plastic containers for takeaways
  • The cardboard centers from toilet rolls
  • Plastic ice cream containers.

 

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