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A Basic Summary On Recycling

Updated on September 1, 2016

American Facts And Statistics On Recycling

Recycle Aluminum Cans Regularly

A Waste Of Precious Natural Resources

Millions of citizens living in the United States always enjoy soaking up the relaxing cadence of the crashing waves along the nations coastal beaches. Few people ever stop to think or consider on how the oceans have basically become a giant bowl of garbage soup. Currently there are millions of tons of toxic plastic debris floating all around in the ocean water. According to the Enviromental Protection Agency, Americans presently only recycle about thirty-percent of all waste they create. In fact, according to multiple studies conducted by National Geographic the United States consistantly ranks last place worldwide in the area of recycling. In 2013, Americans produced well over two-hundred-fifty tons of garbage. The figures average out to become nearly five pounds of garbage each day from every American citizen. According to the National Resource Defense Council if every family living in the United States was to replace just one roll of recycled tolit paper, we could save four-hundred and twenty thousand mature trees from being chopped down. If every household in the United States would simply replace a burned-out light bulb with an energy efficient bulb. It would prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the same as removing nearly eight-hundred-thousand vehicles from off the streets. It would save enough energy to light two and a half million homes for an entire year. If every family in America was to shorten shower times by thirty seconds, over the course of one year, it would equal twice the amount of freshwater we currently withdrawal from the Great Lakes each day. Even if a citizen reduced there garbage output by twenty-five percent each week. It would prevent over two-hundred sixty-three-thousand pounds of garbage from heading directly to the landfill each year. These figures only include amounts for one person. Simply recycling one aluminum can saves the same amount of energy needed to power a television for about four hours. In order to produce each weeks Sunday newspapers, five-hundred-thousand more trees must be cut down from the forest. On average, the amount of wood and paper that we throw away each year is enough to heat fifty-thousand homes for nearly twenty years. Approximately one-billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the United States. Each ton of recycled paper can save seventeen trees, saves nearly four-hundred gallons of oil, saves three cubic yards of precious landfill space, saves four-thousand watts of energy, and saves seven-thousand gallons of fresh water. This represents a savings of sixty-four percent on energy, nearly a sixty-percent savings on water, and sixty pounds of less air pollution. The seventeen trees saved can absorb a total of two-hundred-fifty pounds of carbon monoxide from the air that we breath each year. Burning that ton of paper would create fifteen-hundred pounds of toxic carbon monoxide to be released into the air.

Remember To Reduce, Re-Use, And Recycle

Choose Re-Claimed Wood Whenever Possiable

Living Amongst All Of The Garbage

On average, Americans use two-million-five-hundred-thousand plastic bottles each hour. The vast majority of these plastic bottles are all thrown away, trucked over to the landfill, or even thrown into many waterways. All of the plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean utterly kills upwards of one-million sea creatures every year. The recycling of plastic materials saves twice as much energy than burning it in a incinerator. Americans typically throw away twenty-five billion styrofoam coffee cups every year. Every month in the United States we throw out enough broken glass bottles and busted jars to fill up a giant skyscraper with glass slivers. All types of glass bottles and glass jars are recyclable materials. The energy saved from recycling one glass beer bottle can run a one-hundred watt light bulb for four hours or a fluorescent light bulb for twenty hours. A modern day glass bottle would take nearly four-thousand years to decompose completely or even much longer when laying at the landfill. The mining and transportation of raw materials for glass manufactoring produces approximately four-hundred pounds of waste for every ton of glass that is produced. If recycled glass was substituted for half of the raw materials then the waste would be eliminated by eighty pecent. Generally packaging materials make up roughly one-third of the average American landfill. Each year every American throws out approximately twelve-hundred pounds of organic garbage or food waste that should be properly composted. Currently the United States is ranked first place as the worlds filthiest trash producing country that averages roughly sixteen-hundred pounds of garbage for every citizen each year. This clearly indicates that only five percent of the world population generates forty percent of the entire worlds garbage. The United States population discards sixteen-billion soiled diapers every year, nearly two-trillion ink pens, around two-billion disposal razor blades, two-hundred-twenty-million treadleless car tires, and enough aluminum to rebuild the entire United States commercial air fleet four times over.

Always Use Materials Over Again For A Different Purpose

Re-Use Old Socks For Rags Or Dust Cloths

Completely Covered Up In Our Garbage

Currently the highest point in Hamilton County, Ohio is known as "Mount Rumpke." It's actually a massive mountain of filthy garbage at the Rumpke Sanitary Landfill. The garbage mountain towers over one thousand feet in elevation and the number of scavengers at the mountain continues to grow out of control. Every ten dollars spent buying items in America, one dollar goes into the items packaging, the packaging is always dumped directly into the dumpster. Typically packaging materials represents roughly sixty five percent of all household garbage. It typically cost thirty dollars a ton to recycle trash, fifty dollars to transport it to the landfill, and seventy five dollars to incinerate the garbage. It's estimated that eighty million Hershey Kiss chocolate candies are wrapped with aluminium foil each day. Thats nearly enough aluminum foil to completly cover forty football fields. This foil is recyclable, but the majority of citizens fail miserably to realize the fact. The typical American family will guzzle down nearly two hundred gallons of soda, chug away thirty gallons of juice, devour over one hundred gallons of milk, and pump nearly thirty gallons of bottled water through there kidneys each year. This adds up to a massive pile of plastic containers that are all recyclable materials.

Choose Wise Options That Save The Environment

Always Recycle Unused Copper Wire And Pipes

Citizens Forced To Finally Start Recycling

In some states across America the state governments or local municipalities are making recycling mandatory for citizens. With several new requirements now set into place. Many businesses, coorperations, companies, and citizens must abide by the new law that has been adopted. A citizen or citizens will be charged a hefty fine for non-compliance to the new ordinance. The statute states that every owner of sports facilities, commercial buildings, all retail facilities, service industry buildings, real estate companies, health facilities, hospitals, education buildings, schools, colleges, non-profit buildings, hospitality buildings, construction companies, restraunts, leisure facilities, and multi-family housing buildings must ensure for the collection of recyclable materials to be recycle regularly. Additionally, there will be surcharges on all loads disposed of at the local landfills. Presently the United States Environmental Protection Agency has repitively concluded in favor for recycling. The agency consistently claims that recycling efforts will greatly reduce the nations carbon emissions by a net of nearly fifty-million metric tons. Mister Thomas C. Kinnaman concludes that a large landfill tax upon all of United States citizens, would strongly force consumers, companies, coorperations, and councils to recycle much more often.

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