Do you realize how much waste a household can produce in one day? Every day you throw things away that can be recycled to preserve the environment. Imagine the cans of soda, glass bottles, juice boxes, candy wrapper, and tons of other stuff that if put in the right place could be turned back into something useful.
1 ton of your soda cans can be recycled and save 207 million BTUs. That is equal to 36 barrels of oil, or 1,655 gallons of gas.
1 soda can, recycled, can be converted into energy to give you 3 hrs of TV time.
95% of energy that is used to produce cans from virgin ore, can be saved by recycling aluminum cans.
The average person, yearly, throws away about 1 ton of garbage each. 2,000 pounds of trash for each person, can you imagine that piled in your back yard. No, of course not, the trash gets taken away to be buried in landfills. That is another problem. We are running out of landfills. Where to put the trash?
Almost any material can be recycled in some way. The most popular items that are recycled are paper, plastic, metals, and glass.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why should I take a few extra brain cells to make the effort to recycle?
Well, there are different strokes for different folks. But one reason we should all agree on is to conserve our resources for the future. Another important reason is to save energy. Can you imagine a life without TV or a dryer machine that makes you cloths so soft and fluffy? It doesn’t seem pretty. Conserving energy so we don’t run out since, it doesn’t come from the land of magic, will allow us to use it for really important things.
Recycling also limits gas emissions that are causing the greenhouse effect.
By changing one of your light bulbs to a qualified energy saving light bulb, we can conserve the energy to light 3 million homes for up to a year. That also saves $600 million dollars in yearly energy bills. Not only that, but, the equivalent to 800,000 cars gas emissions will be eliminated.
Just one light bulb can make a huge difference.
METALS FOR RECYCLE
Metals are very costly to produce and are the world’s most recycled material. Steel is the most recycled metal. Scrapes of steel and steel cans are sent to recycling centers to be melted down and purified for restructuring.
6.5 million tons of carbons by emissions are eliminated when 7 million tons of metals are recycled. It’s like removing 5 million cars off the roads for a year.
What about aluminum? So many drinks come in aluminum cans. One-third of these cans get recycled and are reused.
The amount of aluminum cans thrown away in a 3 month period can make enough metal to rebuild a whole fleet of commercial airplanes.
Tin is another metal that has great value. Did you know that tin, when recycled, is so pure it can be used as stannous fluoride, it is the stuff that fights cavities in our toothpaste? ON GUARD! Say, those little tooth defenders, with there tin swords.
We can recycle our tin cans to generate this precious metal. Without it, we would all have yuck mouth. Not pretty.
What is really taking up all that space in the landfills?
PAPER FOR RECYCLE
All those magazines, newspapers, and boxes, made from cardboard and paper, are the most thrown away material. These materials can be broken down to be remade into new paper products.
17 of our lovely, oxygen producing, trees have to be cut down to produce about 1 ton of paper product.
More and more people are joining in to recycle paper products. We can save a lot of trees if we join together in this fight.
50 million tons of paper is used each year. Save the trees!
Boxes that toys or shoes come in can be recycled to make new cartons for cereal boxes, soap boxes, soda cartons, and the so important PIZZA BOXES. If that doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will.
In America people who work in offices throw away enough paper to build a12 feet high, wall that could connect New York City to Los Angeles City.
An acre of trees can be preserved by recycling 1 ton of paper products.
A year’s worth of newspaper is produced by chopping down 30 million of our precious trees. Think of what recycling paper can save. I don’t know about you but I like having a forest to hike in, not some dead barren land.
37 percent of our garbage is comprised of paper products.
GLASS FOR RECYCLE
We are not recycling enough of our glass. Only about one-quarter of glass is recycled. There may not be enough recyclers who want to make the effort to melt down the glass to be reused. Different color glasses have to be separated in order to be melted down and reused for new products. We need to raise awareness that recycling glass can open a whole new field of opportunities.
You would never be out of a job because glass can be recycled an infinite number of times.
1 glass bottle that is recycled can save enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for 4 hrs.
The amount of glass jars and bottles recycled in the United States for a year, when lined up can reach the Moon and come half way back to Earth. That is a lot of glass.
PLASTIC FOR RECYCLE
Plastic is a big issue. There are seven different types of plastics. These plastics make up objects and container we use everyday. Three of these types of plastics are able to be used for recycling. The recycling process for plastic can be tricky. Some can only be made into one kind of a product to be reused. Some can not be mixed or will not be recyclable. So you got to know what you’re doing and be creative.
We are not nearly recycling enough plastic. This is due to the lack of support to tag our plastic products with the numbers 1-7 so recyclers will know what kind of plastic it is.
Make the effort, when purchasing anything in a plastic container that it has its recycling information on it. Buy from people who care about their products, and will probably care more about the consumer, that is YOU!
There are so many uses for recycled plastics. We can save a rain forest, where people are sucking the life out of the rubber trees for the substance that can be used to make plastics. Now, I don’t mean to be hard on the ones trying to survive, but there has to be another way. Here are some plastic facts:
Juice and soda containers that are made from plastic can be recycled to make material for an insulation product used to fill that warm jacket you wear and the sleeping bags we use to camp in the forest we may not have soon if we don’t recycle. Also, carpets, brushes, sponges, parts for automobiles (pads), even tennis balls. Now, come on, we need the tennis balls. What kind of game would we have without the ball?
Every year the number of recycling businesses grow, there are over 17,000 plastic recycling centers waiting for your plastics.
This new field of recycling plastic products alone produces more than 52,000 jobs for Americans. Think what it could do for your communities. Get involved.
Recycling can be fun and plastic is everywhere. You’ll find it in detergent bottles, milk and water containers, trash cans, combs; the products of plastic are endless. Look around and find all the products that you use that are made with plastic. Now, try to find the number that states it’s kind of plastic for recycling. If it doesn’t have one you may want to find a product that is made to care about your environment.
Did you know that there are other things that can be recycled? Clothing and textiles are also suitable for recycling.
Only about 12 percent of these kinds of materials are recycled. 7 million tons of clothing and textiles are discarded.
All of these materials can be reused and made into new products for mattress filling, absorbing products (sponges), wadding, and felt that is used to create fiber for clothing.
HAZARDOUS WASTE FOR RECYCLE
Now I know when you think of recycling we think basic. But the truth about recycling or disposing of hazardous waste is very important. This area covers oil, paint, antifreeze, cleaning fluids and old tires. There is also medical waste we have to think about. These products can contaminate our environment. This will require you to evaluate the products you use in and around your home. Then, research at your local library or on the internet and find the best means of disposal. Know what you use and do the right thing.
NUCLEAR WASTE FOR RECYCLE
This is something a little pro active, but I thought you should at least know that nuclear waste is not being recycled, though it can be but is very costly. It is being placed in glass jars sealed in steel barrels and buried, God knows where. Nuclear waste is the most dangerous waste and has very harmful affects. It causes illness and or death. I don’t mean to scare you, but awareness is better than deadness. It takes thousand of years for radioactive waste to break down. And we were worried about paper and plastic.
But really, don’t let that take away from what you can do. Nature has its own way of working things out. Just do the best you can everyday. Let the good come from your hand. RECYCLE!
FIVE BEST REASONS TO RECYCLE:
Natural resources- recycling will save our much needed resources.
Energy- recycling will save our much needed energy.
Clean air and water- recycling will preserve these precious elements.
Landfill space- recycling will save the landfills from overflowing.
MONEY- is the most important. Recycling can create lots of new jobs.
Waste not, want not.