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  1. 1. Recycling<br />
  2. 2. What can we recycle?<br />
  3. 3. Metals <br />Aluminum:<br />We use an average of 350 aluminum cans per year per person in the U.S.<br />
  4. 4. Metals<br />There are over 80 Billion aluminum cans used each year world wide<br />An aluminum can that is thrown away today will still be a can 500 years from now<br />There is no limit to how many times an aluminum can may be recycled<br />
  5. 5. Iron and Steel<br />There is enough old iron and steel in the U.S. that if it was all recycled and re-used, there would be no need to mine or produce any new materials <br />
  6. 6. Plastics<br />Americans use 2.5 Million plastic bottles every hour<br />In the U.S. we use 100 Billion plastic bags every year and less than ½ of 1% are recycled<br />About 7% of what is in out land-fills is recyclable plastic<br />recycling plastics uses roughly 10 percent of the energy that it takes to make plastic from virgin materials.<br />
  7. 7. Glass<br />Americans throw away enough glass to fill 2 sky-scrappers every 2 weeks<br />Glass never “wears out” and can be recycled forever<br />For every ton (2000 lbs) of glass recycled, saves over one ton of natural resources and over 384 pounds of toxic mining waste being made.<br />
  8. 8. Paper<br />Each week 500,000 trees are used to produce only news papers, and 2/3 of them are never recycled<br />About 1 billion trees worth of paper is thrown away each year in the U.S. alone<br />
  9. 9. Paper<br />Nearly 50% of what is in our land-fills is recyclable paper or cardboard<br />Every ton of paper recycled saves; 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water<br />
  10. 10. Paper<br />Buying recycled paper products reduces water pollution by 35%, air pollution by 70% over buying “virgin” paper<br />Paper can only be recycled 4 times before it is gone. 25% is lost in the recycling process<br />
  11. 11. Paper<br />The number 1 green-house gas threatening the environment is methane. The number 1 source of methane gas is decomposing paper in our land-fills<br />
  12. 12. Yard Waste<br />In the U.S. an estimated 24 Million tons of leaves and grass clippings are thrown away each year<br />Leaves and lawn clippings can be used as compost and put back into gardens and flowerbeds making natural furtilizers<br />
  13. 13. Yard Waste<br />Mulching other green waste along with using yard leaves and lawn clippings makes great week barriers and reduces water consumption<br />Composting household waste such as egg shells and vegetable waste is great for gardens and flower beds<br />
  14. 14. Benefits of Recycling<br />Energy Savings<br />Less Water Pollution<br />Less Air Pollution<br />And best of all, More Trees!<br />
  15. 15. Why don’t we Recycle?<br />It’s too hard…<br />I don’t have time!<br />My city doesn’t do recycling, and I don’t have a recycling facility close to my house…<br />
  16. 16. Just do it!<br />If nothing else, we should recycle paper, plastic and aluminum. These items are easy to recycle and even if your city doesn’t do curb-side pick up, there are drop-off locations all over that will accept these items<br />
  17. 17. It’s not that hard!<br />On the average, recycling facilities pay 70 cents per pound for aluminum cans. 25 cans equal 1 pound and that’s not a bad way to earn back a little money spent on buying the product.<br />
  18. 18. More info on Recycling<br /><br />Recycling tips and info<br /><br />Finding recycling centers all over the country<br /><br />Recycling facts<br /><br />Recycling news of the U.S.<br />