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Recycling

  1. 1. RECYCLING     The internationally Why  isn’t   Recycling  is  the  process  of   recognized symbol recycling   taking  a  product  at  the  end   for recycling of  its  useful  life  and  using  all   includes three mandatory?   or  part  of  it  to  make  another   arrows moving in a product.     triangle.   1.) Hard  sell  in  U.S.  Recycling  the  following  materials   because  economy  saves  the  stated  quantities  of   runs  largely  along  energy:  • Aluminum  cans:  185  million  btu/ton   free  market  lines  • LDPE:  24.1  million  btu/ton   2.)Landfilling  wastes  • PET:  22.2  million  btu/ton   remains  inexpensive  • Mixed  plastics:  20.5  million  btu/ton  • Steel  cans:  20  million  btu/ton   and  efficient  • HDPE:  19  million  btu/ton   3.) The  value  of  • Newspapers:  16.5  million  btu/ton  • Corrugated  containers:  13  million   curbside  recycling  is   btu/ton   less  than  the  cost  of  • Office  paper:  10.1  million  btu/ton  • Mixed  paper:  6.7  million  btu/ton   Each  arrow  represents  a   collection,  • Glass  bottles:  2.1  million  btu/ton   different  part  of  the   transportation,     recycling  process,  from   sorting  and  process  Note:  There  are  5.8  million  British  thermal  units  (Btu)  in  a  barrel  of  oil   collection  to  re-­‐ incurred  by  and  0.125  million  Btu  in  a  gallon  of   manufacture  to  resale.   municipalities  gasoline.   http://earth911.com/recycling/   http://www.uos.harvard.edu/fmo/ recycling/faq.shtml   The  Environmental  Magazine   ANDREW  DIPIETRANTONIO  
  2. 2. Reduce   Reuse Curbside  Recycling    • Energy  –  Every  activity  consumes  energy,  often   Curbside  recycling  now  serves  half  of  the   Reuse  is  simply  the  act  of  finding  a   releasing  carbon  into  the  environment.  In   U.S.  population,  providing  the  most   second  (or  third,  or  tenth  or  hundredth)   addition,  there  is  a  finite  amount  of  energy   convenient  means  for  households  to   use  for  a  product  to  prolong  its  life.   available  from  traditional  (non-­‐renewable)   recycle  a  variety  of  materials.   Reuse  is  an  important  step  after  you’ve   methods,  such  as  coal  and  oil.  Developing   already  reduced,  but  before  you  are   alternative,  renewable  energies  (such  as   If  curbside  recycling  isn’t  available  in  your   ready  to  recycle.   solar,  wind  and  geothermal)  helps  to   area,  consider  starting  your  own  recycling   reduce  our  dependence  on  non-­‐renewable   program.   Reuse  is  a  process  that  many  of  us   resources  to  power  our  lives.   already  implement  in  our  everyday  lives  • Water  –  Water  covers  71  percent  of  the  Earth’s   without  even  realizing  it.  Any  time  you   • Incinerating  10,000  tons  of  waste   surface,  but  relatively  little  is  suitable  for   buy  or  sell  an  item  second-­‐hand  using   creates  one  job;  landfilling  10,000  tons   consumption.  In  many  parts  of  the  world,   resources  like  Craigslist,  eBay  or   of  waste  creates  six  jobs;  recycling   drinkable  water  is  in  very  short  supply.   Goodwill,  you  are  providing  an   10,000  tons  of  waste  creates  36  jobs.   Every  time  a  drop  of  water  goes  down  the   additional  use  for  this  product.   • The  national  recycling  rate  of  30  percent   drain,  it  becomes  unsuitable  for   saves  the  equivalent  of  more  than  five   consumption  unless  properly  treated.   The  important  thing  to  consider  when   billion  gallons  of  gasoline,  reducing  • Solid  Waste  –  There  is  only  so  much  room   you  want  to  reuse  is  that  creativity  is   dependence  on  foreign  oil  by  114   available  for  solid  waste  disposal,  and   king.  The  creativity  also  provides  the   million  barrels.   because  landfills  are  so  tightly  packed,  it   opportunity  to  be  thrifty  by  reusing   • According  to  the  U.S.  EPA,  recycling   takes  a  great  deal  of  time  for  material  to   what  you  already  have  for  new,   (including  composting)  diverted  68   decompose.  The  easiest  way  to  reduce   innovative  purposes.   million  tons  of  material  away  from   solid  waste  is  to  reduce  your  consumption   landfills  and  incinerators  in  2001,  up   of  daily  products.  Be  cautious  of  what  you   Experts  estimate  that  500  billion  to  1   from  34  million  tons  in  1990.   buy  and  how  you  toss.   trillion  plastic  bags  are  consumed   and  discarded  annually  worldwide— • Recycling  aluminum  cans  at  the  curb  not  Communities  as  well  as  individuals  are  always   more  than  a  million  per  minute.   only  covers  the  cost  of  collecting  and  re-­‐looking  for  new  ways  to  address  the  concern  of   processing  aluminum,  but  helps  reduction.  The  most  common,  cost-­‐effective  way   “I  use  plastic  shopping  bags  (when   subsidize  the  collection  of  other    is  reducing  household  waste  and  recycling.   I  do  get  them)  as  my  bathroom   recyclables.  According  to  the  EPA,  about  75  percent  of  what   trash  liners….Why  buy  them  when   • The  U.S.  EPA  reports  that  20  years  ago,  is  found  in  the  average  garbage  can  is  recyclable,   these  bags  fit  just  right?”  –  Avid   only  one  curbside  recycling  program  and  our  national  recycling  rate  hovers  at  around   Recycler  Denise  Scoville   existed  in  the  U.S.  14  percent,  so  there  is  definitely  room  for  improvement.   http://environment.about.com   http://earth911.com/curbsiderecycling http://earth911.com  

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