Our waste reduction and recycling activities can make a difference.
Ten years ago very few waste haulers offered curbside recycling, and trying to find recycling centers was like going on a scavenger hunt. Now it has become almost a faus paux for businesses to not provide recycling opportunities to the public.
Recycling material is one of the easiest and best ways to help protect our environment. Products made from recycled materials save anywhere from 30 - 95% of the energy costs, reduce pollution, and prevent natural resource destruction as opposed to creating these same products from raw materials.
We all know there are benefits from recycling and using recycled materials, but many people do not realize just how much of a difference it makes. More than $600 million of aluminum alone was thrown into landfills last year across America .
Recycling just one 12-ounce aluminum can will save the energy equivalent to a half a gallon of gasoline as compared to creating that same can from raw ore. When put in those terms it is easy to see how much of a difference each person can make and how even the smallest contributions make a big difference.
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