Why Recycling Matters

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Recycling is a daily activity for more than 100 million Americans and a great way to protect our environment and stimulate our economy. Recycling and Resusing saves resources, prevents pollution, supports public health, and creates jobs. Be Nice to Your World – Do it for your children!

 

Did you know…

Nearly 90% of what we throw away could potentially be recovered through reuse,recycling or composting.

More Americans recycle than vote.

Approximately 9,000 curbside recycling programs and 12,000 drop-off centers exist across the country.

Some communities currently recycle and compost more than 60% of their waste.

Recycling 30% of our waste each year saves Americans the equivalent of 11.9 gallons of gasoline (which REDUCES the greenhouse gas equivealent of taking 25 million cars off the road!!)

Producing recycled white paper creates 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution than producing paper from virgin fibers.

For every one job at a landfill, ten new jobs are created in recycling processing and 25 jobs in recycling-based manufacturing.

 

What Happens to Recyclables?

Glass bottles become new glass bottles.

Aluminum cans are turned back into aluminum cans, and can be recycled almost indefinitely.

Steel cans are used in other steel products such as car parts and construction materials, and can also be recycled over and over again.

Plastic bottles are recycled into carpet, clothing, auto parts, and new bottles.

Paper is recycled into new paper.

Some grades of paper can be recycled up to seven times.

 

BE KIND TO YOUR WORLD and think about recycling before throwing something away!

 

RECYCLING PROJECTS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS

Find 25 UPCYCLED PROJECTS FOR KIDS at funaday.com

 

 

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