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Recycling Facts

Did You Know. . . .

A single aluminum can, if recycled, will save enough energy to run a television for nearly three hours!alum can top

*Recycling one ton (about 2,000 pounds) of paper saves 17 trees, two barrels of oil (enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilowatts of energy (enough power for the average home for six months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of pollution.

*The 17 trees saved by recycling one ton of paper can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air each year.

*If all of our newspapers were recycled, we could save about 250 million trees each year! If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.

*About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material!

*Styrofoam is not recyclable, it can’t be made it into new Styrofoam. The industry wants you to assume it is- don’t buy it!

*A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water.

*Americans each consume between 300-700 plastic bags per year.

 

Recycling Tips


Recycle. Recycling is the last option in the reduce-reuse-recycle loop. There are many things that can be recycled that some folks aren’t aware of like car oil, car batteries, tires, paint and even vegetable oil. Check with your local waste management for a list of what and where you can recycle your items.

Know of any hard to recycle items you’d like to add to the list?recycle-blue

How to Recycle At Home

 

Recycling in many communities is no longer optional. According to the EPA we each generate close to thirty pounds of trash each week home recyclingthat ends up in local landfills. Much of what ends up in our landfills could be reused or recycled. It’s up to us to see that this happens and learn how to recycle at home.

The main thing that will make your recycling experience easier is to get organized. Contact your local waste municipality and get a list of the items they collect. Different communities accept different materials. Learn what can be recycled and where these things can be returned.

Much of what we toss into a trash can is recyclable. Here’s a partial list:

*Plastic containers such as laundry detergent, bleach and milk jugs. If there is a triangle on the bottom of the container with a number 1-7 in the middle, it’s recyclable.

*Glass food and beverage containers.

*Aluminum and steel/tin cans, aluminum foil and foil containers.

*Newspaper, magazines, cardboard, mail, office paper and books.

*Batteries and light bulbs.

**Much of our uneaten food can be added to a backyard compost.

Again, check with your local recycling facility and ask what they will accept.


Once you are aware of what you will be collecting, select an area in your home to store your recyclables. A piece of furniture such as a table or rolling cart could become your home recycling center. If you have room in a garage or in an area of your backyard larger containers, such as trash cans, can be used.

Designate specific containers for each materials such as a cardboard box for newspaper, a plastic bin for plastics and so on. Laundry baskets, wooden fruit baskets or old kitchen cabinets could have new life as recycling storage units.

Get the family involved and assign specific tasks to each member of the family. Put pictures on each container showing which items go in that particular bin. If you have young ones at home have them draw the pictures; that will really get them involved.

Having run a recycling center for three years I notice that the people who come in with their recycling already sorted enjoy the experience much more than those who have to dig through their trash on site. Recycling doesn’t have to be an unpleasant task. Get organized and then enjoy the fact that you are helping to keep those material out of our landfills.