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Why We Should Recycle

There is no waste, only wasted.  When you recycle and reuse, you reduce the needs for mining virgin material, energy usage, carbon footprints, and pollution to our land, water, and air, AND you help create jobs. According to EPA's DEA report, Recycling and Reuse industry employs 1.25 million jobs, while the Auto and Trucking Manufacturing industry employs 1.2 million jobs.

Facts about Plastic

  • Plastic takes up to 700 years to breakdown in a landfill.
  • 10% of the average grocery bill pays for packaging (mostly paper and plastics).
  • Recycled PET(No. 1) can be used to make many new products, such as carpet, fabric for T-shirts, shoes, sweaters and coats, luggage, fiberfill for sleeping bags and even toys!
  • Type 1 - PETE  Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

                Soda & water containers, some waterproof packaging.

    Type 2 - HDPE  High-Density Polyethylene

                    Milk, detergent & oil bottles.  Toys and plastic bags.

    Type 3 - V  Vinyl/Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) 

                    Food wrap, vegetable oil bottles, blister packages.

    Type 4 - LDPE  Low-Density Polyethylene

                    Many plastic bags.  Shrink wrap, garment bags.        

    Type 5 - PP    Polypropylene

                    Refrigerated containers, some bags, most bottle tops,

                    some carpets, some food wrap.

    Type 6 - PS    Polystyrene

                    Throwaway utensils, meat packing, protective packing.

    Type 7 - OTHER Usually layered or mixed plastic.

                    No recycling potential - must be landfilled.

    Biodegradable serve ware can neither be recycled or composed. Watch this video to learn more 

Facts about Aluminum
  • All types of aluminum can be recycled, from aluminum foil to automobile hoods to lawn furniture. Aluminum can be recycled and reused over and over again without losing any of its characteristic attributes.

  • It can take up to 500 years for an aluminum can to decompose in our landfills.

  • Throwing away one aluminum can wastes as much energy as pouring out half of that can’s volume of gasoline!

  • Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to burn a 100-watt light bulb for nearly four hours or run a television for three hours.

Facts about Glass

  • Glass can be recycled and used over and over again, saving energy and natural resources. Since recycled glass melts at a lower temperature than new materials do, it doesn’t take as much energy to heat that very hot furnace!
  • One million years is how long it takes glass to break down naturally.
  • One ceramic coffee mug alone in a truckload of glass is enough to contaminate the entire load and cause it to be rejected from recycling.
Facts about E-Waste

  • E-waste represents 2% of America's trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste. The extreme amount of lead in electronics alone causes damage in the central and peripheral nervous systems, the blood and the kidneys.
  • About 50 millions cell phones are replaced worldwide a month, and only 10% are recycled. If we recycled just a million cell phones, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking 1,368 cars off the road for a year.
  • Cathode ray tubes in older TVs and computers typically contain about 4 lbs of lead and sometimes as much as 7 lbs.