Our waste reduction and recycling activities can make a difference.
“Don’t throw that away, it’s recyclable,” thankfully this has become a common phrase with people all across America and we no longer hear the old excuses of recycling being too difficult or unavailable.
Ten years ago very few waste haulers offered curbside recycling, and trying to find recycling containers for items like aluminum or plastic at public places 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 has become the easiest prospect for everyday people to commitment to, and it is one of the best ways to help protect our planet and the environment. Products made from recycled materials save anywhere from thirty to ninety-five percent of the energy costs, reduce pollution output, and prevent natural resource destruction as opposed to creating these same products from the 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 standard 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 seemingly smallest contributions make a big difference.
So the next time someone poses the question “what can I do, I’m only one person” remind them that sometimes one person makes all the difference.
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