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We know recycling is beneficial, but here are some facts (some may be startling) that may make you think seriously about the importance of recycling.
1. About 40% of the waste in the U.S. is paper, but nationwide we only recycle about 25-30% of our paper waste.
2. Americans throw away close to the equivalent of 30 million trees a year, just from newsprint alone.
3. In America we discard enough motor oil per year to fill 120 supertankers.
4. In the United States right now, landfills are filling up and closing at the rate of approximately 2 a day.
5. By recycling an aluminum can per day we can save enough energy to operate a television set for 3 hours.
6. A glass bottle thrown away today will still be there in the year 3000.
7. In the United States, one in every six trucks is a garbage truck.
8. You would be able to circle the earth 436 times per year with the Styrofoam cups that are used in the United States.
These statistics are accurate and valid; they help to illustrate the importance of recycling in the United States. Start taking an active role in helping your community recycle and better your environment and prevent global warming.
Great tips for green living... it's hard to start making these types of changes in life, but I've found that making them one-by-one and trying to stick to them for at least a month is the best start. Thanks for the inspiration!
The key is advertising. Everyone knows about recycling, but not many care. These articles are great, but the people who need to hear it, are not the ones reading it. We just need to promote it more.
Recently I bought a new printer and was stressing over what to do with the old one because I didn't want to put it in the trash. Luckily, Dell let's me just pack up the old one and send it to them for recycling. Not a perfect solution because of the transportation involved, but better than putting it in the landfill.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|