Recycling is a simple but empowering activity that every one of us can do on a daily basis to protect our environment. It can be the first step in thinking about how aspects of our lifestyles are effecting the planet and what we can do about it. Recycling Facts and Tips (318k)
Recycling protects the environment by:
- Using less energy
- Preserving natural resources
- Saving landfill space
- Creating less pollution
Consider the following facts about recycling:
- Compared to producing paper from virgin wood fiber, each ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees; saves 3 cubic yards of landfill space; generates 60 pounds less air pollution; saves 682 gallons of oil; requires 7000 gallons less water, and saves 4102 kilowatt hours of energy.
- Using discarded aluminum cans to make a product takes only 4 percent as much energy as making the same product from ore.
- Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.
- Producing plastic from recycled material uses only two-thirds of the energy needed to manufacture plastic from virgin material.
The three chasing arrows that make up the recycling symbol represent the three aspects of recycling:
- Collection of recyclables – tossing that can or paper into the recycling bin that is taken to a recycling center or collected by curbside service.
- Manufacturing of products and packaging using this collected recyclable material.
- Consumer purchasing of these products and packaging made from recycled materials.
The three chasing arrows form a closed and continuing loop that means recycling works. Recycling is all, not just one, of these aspects. This is why it is so powerful. Not only does recycling cause us to think about our garbage habits, it is a gateway to conscious consumerism and industry responsibility.