Recycling Recycling is when we
are able to reuse things we could throw away and have them remade into other useful things, such as plastic and glass bottles, metals, paper, and cardboard. By recycling, we can save very large amounts of energy and money For example, energy recycling could provide the U.S. with 40% of its electrical needs, and save from $70-150 BILLION each year!
Some Recycling Facts Every year,
Americans use approximately 1 billion shopping bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste. The state of California spends about 25 million dollars sending plastic bags to landfill each year, and another 8.5 million dollars to remove littered bags from streets. Every year, Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times. In 2008, only 23.1% of glass disposed of was recycled, and only 7.1% of plastics and 21.1% of aluminum. Opening up recycling compost stations could produce 6 to 10 times as many jobs as dumps and landfills
Landfills The most common form
of waste disposal Landfills are massive holes in the ground, some being several acres in size, that trash is simply dumped into and covered with dirt. This leads to contamination of the soil, and possible nearby water supplies as rainfall causes the waste to seep through the soil and farther from it’s origin. Thousands of tons of recyclable material is thrown into landfills each year, which has potential to save hundreds of millions of dollars!
Earth Day History Established on
April 22nd, 1970 by founder and Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson After the horrific oil spill in Santa Monica, CA in 1969, he proposed a nationally recognized day that encouraged people to help clean the environment in any way and build awareness of the Once recognized, the first Earth Day was a success, drawing in 20 million people protesting to help clean up the Earth
Earth Day today Earth Day
is now observed in 175 countries, with close to 500 million people doing their part to help keep the Earth clean in any way possible. Even the smallest way to do your part helps keep the environment clean, even if that means to recycle some old soda cans
How you can help! Don’t
throw any paper, plastic, cans, or bottles in the trash can, throw them in recycling bins If you have recycling bins, place the paper in the paper bins, plastic in the plastic bins, and glass in the glass bins That way it makes it easier for the recycling workers to sort the different items to where they’re supposed to go Soda cans are worth a nickel a piece…it might not seem like a lot but they can add up quick and you’ll have an extra few dollars in your pocket at the end of