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Plastic Tomsen

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Plastic Tomsen

  1. 1. Recycling Plastic Bottles in Room 208 A Futuristic Projection From ERHS October 2008 J. Tomsen
  2. 2. Two Million Plastic Bottles (The number used in the US every 5 minutes) <ul><li>Chris Jordan. Running the Numbers. </li></ul>
  3. 5. Problem <ul><li>Every day after school, we observe a trashcan full of aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and other recyclables. </li></ul>
  4. 6. Essential Questions <ul><li>How much space could we save in the landfill if we took our plastic bottles to the recycle center instead? </li></ul><ul><li>How much space could we save if other classrooms and schools did it as well? </li></ul>
  5. 7. Plastic Recycling Facts <ul><li>In 2006, Americans used 38 BILLION plastic bottles. </li></ul><ul><li>It takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to manufacture a year’s supply of bottled water. That’s enough oil to fuel 100,000 cars. </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic Bottles take 700 years before they can BEGIN to decompose. </li></ul><ul><li>8 out of 10 bottles become landfill waste. </li></ul>Source Earth911
  6. 9. Why should I recycle? <ul><li>In 1988 the EPA tested 50 US Landfills. 43 of the 50 landfills (or 86%) had definitely contaminated groundwater. Half the American people draw their drinking water from groundwater. </li></ul><ul><li>There are over 200,000 landfills in the USA today. </li></ul><ul><li>Oil is a non-renewable resource…no matter how you look at it. </li></ul>Rachel’s Hazardous Waste News
  7. 10. Let’s Run the Numbers… <ul><li>Crates of Bottles, Number of Bottles ,Landfill Space Saved Week 1 Sept 29 1 15 300 cm3 Week 2 October 6 0.5 7 150 cm3 Week 3 October 13 0.5 7 150 cm3 Totals 2 29 900 cm3 Averages 0.666666667 9.666666667 150 cm3 If All Classrooms at ERHS Recycle Plastic Bottles Week 1 42 630 12600 Week 2 21 294 6300 Week 3 21 294 6300 Totals 84 1218 25200 Averages 28 406 8400 =84 m3 If all Large High Schools in the ASD Recycle Bottles Week 1 336 5040 100800 Week 2 168 2352 100800 Week 3 168 2352 100800 Totals 672 9744 302400 Averages 224 3248 100800=1.01km3!!! </li></ul>
  8. 11. What is one Cubic Kilometer Equal to? <ul><li>The amount of water that flows out the Mississippi River Every Day (AVAYA) </li></ul><ul><li>About half of the amount of oil the world uses every year (The Oil Drum) </li></ul><ul><li>A solid block of gold weighing over 3 MILLION pounds! (magnetman.com) </li></ul><ul><li>15 Olympic Sized Swimming Pools! </li></ul>
  9. 12. We can make a difference! <ul><li>So pop those plastic bottles in the recycle bin, and save yourself and your children a little space on our planet today! </li></ul>
  10. 15. References <ul><li>Bentley, John. Tricks of the Programming Trade. AVAYA. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.dave-reed.com/APCS/Bentley.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><li>October 20th, 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Earth 911. Plastic Recycling Facts. http://earth911.org/recycling/plastic-bottle- recycling/plastic-bottle-recycling-facts/ </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>October 20th, 2008. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Experiments with Magnets and Conductors. http://www.coolmagnetman.com/magconda.htm </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>October 20th, 2008. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Jordan, Chris. Running the Numbers. http://www.chrisjordan.com/current_set2.php?id </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>October 20th, 2008. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Oil Drum, The. That Cubic Mile. http://www.theoildrum.com/node/2320 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>October 20th, 2008. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Rachel’s Hazardous Waste News. #176. April 11th, 1991. http://www.ejnet.org/rachel/rhwn176.htm </li></ul>

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