April 26th, 2009 10:53 AM by Lehel Szucs
Reduce, Reuse, RecycleRecycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. In addition, it generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits. Materials like glass, metal, plastics, and paper are collected, separated and sent to facilities that can process them into new materials or products. Make recycling part of your every day routine and help save our valuable resources for future generations too. Recycling Tips for Every Day
Buy plain white paper, tissues and paper towels. Dyed paper pollutes.Instead of ammonia-based cleaners, use vinegar and water or baking soda and water.Walk or ride a bike instead of using a car for short trips.Reuse your grocery bags or buy a canvas bag you can carry your groceries in.Use mulch and natural ground cover in gardens to contain moisture and conserve water use.Turn off lights in rooms you are not using.Repair leaks and drips as soon as they occur. A moderate drip wastes two gallons of water or more per hour.Buy rechargeable batteries.Water lawns at night to eliminate evaporation.Reduce your use of aluminum foil and plastic wraps or avoid them completely by using plastic containers. You can also reuse those glass jars that you would normally recycle.Do not put oil and gasoline into the sewer system or on the ground. Take it to a local collection site.Recycle your aluminum and tin cans, glass, plastic and paper by finding the nearest recycling center in your area.Participate in recycling by separating recyclables and taking them to your local recycling center or put them out for curbside pick-up (if your community has such services).Do not throw away what you can use again - plastic and glass containers can be used repeatedly.If you change your own car oil, take it to a local recycling center that accepts used oil.Leave your grass clippings on the lawn or compost them with leaves.Share your newspapers, magazines and books. Recycling is good; reuse is even better!
Benefits of Recycling
Conserves resources for our children's future.Prevents emissions of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants.Saves energy.Supplies valuable raw materials to industry.Creates jobs.Stimulates the development of greener technologies.Reduces the need for new landfills and incinerators.
Need Some Reasons to Recycle?
The average American household produces 100 pounds of trash every week.A Ton of paper made from 100% wastepaper saves: 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water and 4100 kw of energy (enough to power the average home for 6 months).Making paper from recycled paper uses 30% to 55% less energy than making paper from trees.74 percent less air pollution is produced from the manufacturing of recycled paper compared to paper from virgin wood pulp.We create enough garbage each day to fill the New Orleans Superdome twice, and half of that waste is paper.When one ton of glass is recycled, water consumption is reduced by 50%, mining wastes by 79%, and air pollutants by 14%.It takes six weeks for an aluminum can to be recycled and placed back on your store shelf.