Recycling

Introduction

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling can benefit your community and the environment. –EPA

This section is dedicated to providing you with useful information and tips in an effort to encourage you to make a bigger impact on recycling efforts in your family and community. With an ever-growing population and more plastic manufactured than ever, it’s vital that we begin to think about how our current behaviors will impact the future of our planet.

Because many of us are driven by quantitative data, let’s start with some facts:

  • The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.
  • The EPA estimates that 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.
  • In the U.S. in 2015, plastics accounted for 19% of what was sent to landfill, with textiles coming in at 11%.
  • Since the 1990’s, there’s been a mainly upward trend in recycling efforts.
  • Proper recycling, composting, and minimizing landfill waste prevents harmful air pollution and saves energy.
  • Incorrectly recycling could cost an entire truckload of potentially recycled goods to be tossed into landfill due to contamination.

I don’t expect anyone who visits this site to be a zero waste person, but I do hope to you take any tips that resonate with you or that are the most realistic to what you’re capable of acting on.

This planet is our home. If we all act as grains of sand, we could fill up a beach. Do your part. Let your world shine.

 

REFERENCES

National Overview: Facts and Figures on Materials, Wastes and Recycling

How Recycling Works and Why It’s So Often Done Wrong

11 Facts About Recycling

 

 

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