Why It’s Important
Recycling helps protect our resources, our environment, our quality of life.
As stewards of the environment, we are responsible for preserving and protecting our resources for ourselves and for future generations.
Getting Back To Basics.
Recycling is really just common sense, and until the “modern era,” it was a common household activity. Before the 1920s, 70% of U.S. cities ran programs to recycle certain materials. During World War II, industry recycled and reused about 25% of the waste stream. Because of concern for the environment, recycling is again on the upswing. The nation’s composting and recycling rate rose from 7.7% of the waste stream in 1960 to 17% in 1990. It’s currently up to around 30%.
The Garbage Crisis.
The world has changed a lot in the past century. From individually packaged food servings to disposable diapers, more garbage is generated now than ever before. The average American discards seven and a half pounds of garbage every day. This garbage, the solid waste stream, goes mostly to landfills, where it’s compacted and buried. As the waste stream continues to grow, so will the pressures on our landfills, our resources, and our environment.
Recycling – An Important Part Of The Solution.
The more we recycle, the less garbage winds up in our landfills and incineration plants. By reusing aluminum, paper, glass, plastics, and other materials, we can save production and energy costs, and reduce the negative impacts that the extraction and processing of virgin materials has on the environment.
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How do I know what materials are recyclable in my community, and where can I take these materials to be recycled?
Your local recycling program should be able to provide you with a list of materials that can be collected for recycling in your community. Following is a short list of the most common materials that are recycled in many communities:
Paper: Newspaper is almost always recovered in community recycling programs. Some communities also collect white and colored paper (sometimes combined as “mixed paper”) and used cardboard boxes, such as cereal boxes.
Plastics: Not all communities recycle all types of plastic. Investigate your community’s plastic collection through the resources listed above. Most communities recycle plastic items such as detergent bottles, beverage containers (e.g., soda, milk and juice), and containers for various household products.
Aluminum: Almost all recycling programs include aluminum beverage cans. These cans, one of the most highly recycled-products, are made into new cans in as few as 90 days after they are collected. Some communities also collect aluminum foil for recycling.
Steel: Many steel products manufactured in the United States contain a high percentage of recycled steel. Some products are even made from 100 percent recycled steel. Many communities recycle soup cans and other steel food packaging containers, as well as steel aerosol cans.
Glass: Glass food containers, such as jars and bottles for pickles, juice, jam, or wine, are usually recyclable in many communities.
Yard Trimmings/Food Scraps: Many communities have regular or seasonal programs in place to collect yard trimmings, such as leaves, branches, and grass clippings, from residents. Other communities encourage residents to practice backyard composting for yard trimmings and food scraps.
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