Much of the imformation
on this page: Thanks to the EPA, U.S. , and Sierra,
reasons for recycling:
Saving Natural Resources - For example,
New Zealand uses exotic forests for its pulp fibre production,
however this is a low value usage of a resource and a lot of
countries producing pulp fibre do not have planted forests and
utilise native timbers, recycling reduces and in some cases
removes this pressure on native and exotic timbers.
Saving Landfill Space - Landfills are
under pressure from increases in waste and whilst some are of the
opinion we have plenty of land to spare, the environmental
requirements of these sites means that in fact there are limited
places to put them, with the ever present dangers of this method
of disposal, methane, toxic leachates etc, everybody has a
responsibility to reduce waste.
Reducing pollution - All landfills
leach contaminants into our water systems, making drinking water
unsafe killing fish and other marine life, destroying wildlife
and wildlife habitat. All incinerator waste disposals add toxic
contaminates to the air.
Saving Energy - The world's greatest
natural resource is energy, and every BTU and kilowatt saved
reduces our reliance on other resources and adds to the overall
wealth of our nation, and extends the resources of this planet.
The ECONOMIC reasons for recycling:
Saves $$$ in waste disposal costs
through reducing volume on the waste stream
Recycling services are designed to be
very competitive when compared to the alternatives.
Costs such as tip fees can be
What can be recycled
Aluminum, Batteries, Bottles, Boxes,
Cardboard, Cartons Flyers, Garden cuttings, Glass, Grass
trimmings, Juice containers, Kitchen waste, Metals and alloys,
Newspaper, Office paper, Oils, Paints, Pallets, Phone books,
Packing cases, Tires, and more
Did you know?
Less than 10% of the million of tons of
trash is recycled.
Recycling one aluminum can saves the
amount of energy to light one 100 watt bulb for 20 hours
1 ton of recycled paper saves 3700
pounds of lumber and 24,000 gallons of water.
Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste
creates 1 job, landfilling the same amount creates 6 jobs,
recycling the same 10,000 tons creates 36 jobs.
It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday
Edition of a major metropolitan newspaper.
Recycling paper consumes 61% less water
and 70% less energy then using Natural Resources.
Making glass from recycled materials
cuts related air pollution 20% and water pollution 50%.
When used motor oil is poured into the
ground, it can seep into the groundwater and contaminate
drinking water supplies. A single quart
of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water.
We all must do our part: at home, at
work, at play. Choose products that recycle
Aviod styrofoam and plastic coated papers whenever possible Limit
your use of chemical cleaners and bleach Dispose of oils, paints,
cleaners at your local disposal station Think, before you throw
The following is an excerpt from
Environmental responsibility is a state
of mind, not a bunch of rules and regulations. Environmental
living is a way of life, not a passing fad.
"Government" and "business" don't make the
choices affecting our environment. We do, each one of us. What we
buy, how we clean, the ways in which we travel, what we do with
our garbage, these all impact our Earth, our health and our
We know few people who pollute on
purpose. We know many loving parents, respected business people,
responsible young people -- who pollute because they are not
aware of how their everyday actions are connected to our
environment and health. At Earthways, we are dedicated to
increasing awareness about this important connection. We offer
several tools to help people make decisions abut the ways they
live on our beautiful Earth.
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