Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
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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
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
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.