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  • 1. RecyclingJames McCleese
  • 2. What is Recycling? Recycling is the process of converting waste into a reusable material. Recycling can also apply to reusing items without changing their structure.
  • 3. What Can be Recycled? Paper Plastic Metal Clothing Electronics
  • 4. The Water Bottle Effect  The average American consumes 167 bottles of water each year.  30 billion bottles are littered or end up in landfills each year, taking up to 1,000 years to decompose.  Enough oil is consumed creating bottles each year to fuel 100,000 cars.
  • 5. Plastic Shopping Bags Shopping bags are one of the easiest items to recycle, and one of the most commonly used. These bags take up 1,000 years tobiodegrade naturally. Only about 1% of all plastic bags ever get recycled. Although bags break down into smaller pieces, they’re not biodegrading. They are photo- degrading, which means they simply break into smaller pieces which easily absorb even more toxins than they started with.
  • 6.  On average, there are 46,000 pieces of plastic from bags floating on every square mile of ocean in the world.
  • 7. Landfills Earth has two man made structures that can be seen from space: The Great Wall of China, and the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island. Approximately 200 million tons of trash end up in landfills each year.
  • 8. Fresh Kills LandfillGreat Wall of China
  • 9. Where to Recycle Recycling bins can be found outside of most major stores. Grocery stores will typically have containers for used plastic bags outside the door as well. Aluminum and other metals can be taken to recycling centers located within most cities.
  • 10. Reusing and Repurposing Old cd’s can be reused as coasters. Refilling water bottles saves both money and plastic, and lowers energy consumption. Old clothes should be donated rather than thrown away, as long as they’re in good condition. Food cans and jars can be cleaned and reused as containers for holding small objects.