- SAVES MONEY. Reduce and reusing goods right in your house or business can help you to save at the bottom line.
- SAVES TREES. Half the Earth’s forests are gone, and up to 95% of the original forest area in the U.S. has been cut down.
- REDUCES THE NEED FOR LANDFILLS. Toxic pollution from landfills escapes into the air and leaches into groundwater.
- SAVES ENERGY. When there is less demand for new products then less products will be produced which will help in saving the energy. Conservation of energy is the key element for the fight against climate change.
Did You Know….
The average American generates 4.48 pounds of trash per day, adding to the grand total of about 262 million tons of trash the United States accumulates per year! American communities recycled and composted nearly 35% of municipal solid waste in 2015, diverting 91 million tons to recovery according to the U.S. EPA.
The above statistics were taken from the Keep American Beautiful online resource. You can access similar content here: https://berecycled.org/how-to-recycle/.
What About All Those Different Plastics?
Plastic can be confusing. What is recyclable and what is not? What about the tops? Here are a few tips to help you sort your plastics and recycle more efficiently.
- Plastic is recycled by heat (water and melted plastic does not mix well), so do your best to clean and dry the plastic bottles and containers.
- Leave the tops off. The tops foce the machines to work harder to bale and process the material.
- Plastic Grocery Bags can be recycled by taking them back to the store. It is recommended not to try and mix these bags with other plastic recyclables.