Recycling

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Information on Recycling! For a class project I chose to educate people on recycling. Here is some essential recycling facts like what are the benefits, how you can help, and some incredible statistics. Thanks!

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Recycling

  1. 1. Recycling Why It Matters By: Zachary Smith
  2. 2. What is Recycling? • The act of collecting, sorting, and remanufacturing or converting used or waste products into new materials • Series of steps involved • Common recyclables: aluminum cans, glass bottles, and plastic bottles
  3. 3. Process of Recycling • Three steps: collecting and sorting, manufacturing, and selling – Collecting and sorting: gathering and categorizing all recyclable materials respectively – Manufacturing: Products are broken down and used to create new materials – Selling: Consumers buy recycled goods • “Closes the loop”
  4. 4. Recycling Statistics • United States – average waste = 200 million tons per year • Recycling rate = 34% – Aluminum = 58.1% rate – Plastic = 28% rate • 20 recycled cans for one new can • Recycled plastic – 84% reduction in energy use
  5. 5. Source: EPA
  6. 6. Benefits of Recycling • Reduces waste in landfills • Conserves natural resources • Prevents pollution • Saves energy • New jobs • Sustainable future
  7. 7. What can I Recycle? • Aluminum cans • Plastics – numbers 1, 2, 4, 5 • Glass bottles • Paper • Cardboard • Electronics • Metals • Batteries
  8. 8. Where can I Recycle? • Curbside pickups • Recycling centers – Money incentives – E.g. Clovis Recycling Center • Recycling bins • Start your own program!
  9. 9. Why does it matter? • Save the Earth • Save our resources • Decrease emissions • Less Waste
  10. 10. What can I do? • RECYCLE! • Sort • Start a program • Research • Educate others • Ask your school or work
  11. 11. Resources • EPA Website • Waste Management • “Benefits of Recycling”
  12. 12. Works Cited • 1. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – (http://www2.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics) • Waste Management – (http://www.wm.com/thinkgreen/what-can-i-recycle.jsp) • Benefits of Recycling – (http://www.benefits-of- recycling.com/whyisrecyclingimportant/) • Keep America Beautiful – (http://www.kab.org/site/PageServer?pagename=recycling_fact s_and_stats) • University of Oregon – (http://pages.uoregon.edu/recycle/after_collection.html#when)

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