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RECYCLE

Recycle glass, plastics, aluminum and paper. Half of the materials in landfills are recyclable glass, paper, metal and plastic packaging. Creating recycled materials requires much less energy and produces much less pollution than making new materials. Recycling ensures that items like used drinking containers don't end up on the side of the road, polluting a river or overfilling a landfill.

If you want to learn if something is recyclable, just look for the symbol (see picture at right). Notice that the symbol is a never-ending loop.

When you recycle, "you close the loop." The energy that went into making the soda can is used over and over again when you recycle. If the can doesn't make it to the recycling center, the energy is wasted and the loop isn't closed.

Find out if there are recycling services in your neighborhood. If so, find out what types of materials are accepted. Adjust your shopping habits to be able to recycle as much as you can. If your area recycling center does not accept glass, try to buy less glass.

RECYCLING FACTS

Aluminum cans take up to 500 years to break down. The energy saved from recycling one can will run your TV for about three hours. Recycling a soda can saves 95% of the energy to create a new can and produces 95% less air and water pollution.

Making a recycled glass bottle requires 50% less energy than making a bottle from new materials and generates 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution. Recycling a bottle will save enough energy to burn a light bulb for four hours.

Plastic bottles can be recycled to make things like hiking boots, park benches, toys, carpeting and filling for coats and sleeping bags. Less than 10 recycled 2-liter plastic bottles can make enough filling to fill an adult size jacket.

It takes a 15-year-old tree to create half a box of paper. Making recycled paper instead of new paper requires about 60% less energy and water. One ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and enough oil to drive half-way across the country, enough energy to power a home for six months, enough landfill space to fill a pickup truck and 60 pounds of air pollutants each year.

With facts like these, it is easy to see why recycling is so important!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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