Recycling Facts I’d Like to Share with You

Recycling is one of the easiest ways we can help save the environment.  I wanted to share a few facts that made me realize the impact we can all have if we take the time to sort paper, plastic and glass.

Paper

 By recycling just 1/10th of newspapers distributed, it would save 25,000 trees per year.

  • The average household throws away 13,000 pieces of paper a year.
    • That includes – magazines, catalogs, phone books, direct mail, brochures, pamphlets, booklets, cereal, cake, cookie and cracker boxes.

Plastic

 Americans generate 10.5 tons of plastic per year with only 2% being recycled

  • Plastic items to recycle
    • Remove plastic tops from containers.
    • Empty content and Rinse plastic jars with water before recycling.
    • Crush plastic containers to create more space in your recycling bin
    • Check the bottom of the plastic containers to make sure they are recyclable.

Glass

  • All glass is 100% recyclable
  • Recycled glass is reusable and lowers manufacturing costs when reformed into a new glass container.
  • Glass items to be recycle
    • Dump and rinse out contents of the glass container
    • Remove the plastic tops and recycle with plastics
    • You do not have to remove the labels from the glass as they are incinerated during the crushing or melting process

Do you have any other recycling tips that I can add to this list?  I’d love to hear from you.

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