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Recycling Facts

Updated on February 26, 2016

We love our home appliances due to the time they save and the conveniences. We need the refrigerator to keep items fresh, the stove to cook, and the washer and dryer to do our clothing. Yet many of those appliances are hogs when it comes to the use of energy and water. Don’t start the laundry without complete loads or your dishwasher.

If your appliances are old it is time to upgrade to those that are energy efficient. You are going to be amazed at how much you save on water and electricity month after month. Look for those that also earn you tax credits too. We can all use every possible deduction out there when it comes to filing our taxes.

Do you spend time very single night cooking dinner? Create dishes that allow you to only do so every other night. Then you can use the remaining food as leftovers or to create a new dish. It is going to cut down on electricity used if you place items in the microwave rather than on the stove too.

We all spend our fair share of time in the bathroom and that is why so much water gets wasted there. Bathing is one of the culprits as it takes around 70 gallons of water for a bath. When you consider you can take a shower from 10 to 25 gallons it adds up quickly. Don’t run the water in the sink when you shave or brush your teeth. All of that water quickly adds up too.

The indoor wasting of water is only one element though. When you are outside don’t spend hours with the water sprinklers on the grass. If you live in an area with rainfall collect it to use for gardening and plant watering. You can also consider replacing some of your grass with decorative rock to cut down on the water it takes to keep your yard looking gorgeous.

Electronics can take up lots of energy so always buy those that are efficient when you can. Look for those computers and mobile phones that offer energy efficiency modes. Those will allow you to conserve the energy. Don’t leave TV, radio, and other items on when you aren’t using them. Don’t plug in mobile phones or other devices all night either. They only need an hour or so in most instances to become fully charged up.

The facts about recycling speak volumes about opportunities. The processing now enables us to recycle so many items including paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, electronics, and even oil from vehicles as well as tires. So why is so much of these elements ending up in the landfills then?

It comes down to people not being informed enough to make the decision to take part in recycling efforts. They don’t know that the overall value of our environment depends on it. The issue is so much more than just piles of waste in the landfills. Recycling is a means of having clean air, clean water, soil with nutrients in it, and to preserve the nonrenewable entities we have.

First, it is important to point out that the cost of recycling products is less expensive than making them from raw materials. This includes the costs of having pick up points, transporting the materials, and sorting them before they can be processed. Many businesses use recycled goods to create new products. If they didn’t then they would have to charge consumers so much more for them.

Your contribution to waste may be around 4 pounds per day. That seems like a lot but when have you tracked all that you wasted? When you see the difference that recycling can make that is when it becomes personal. Being able to change that waste to 1 pound or less a day is possible. What a good feeling that will be!

Education is a huge part of successful recycling. In fact, studies show that when children or adults are given the right facts and information they are often encouraged to start doing some part of recycling. They may not take it all on at once but every little bit helps. If you just start saving your daily newspaper and your plastic bottles imagine how much less trash you will have in a week!

Trees are something we really need to protect in our environment. That doesn’t mean we can’t continue to use paper though. Instead we need to recycle all of it. Then we will be saving trees, water, electricity, and even crude oil. The process for recycling paper is very fast and cheap.

Right now about 73% of newspapers are recycled so that is good. Yet we can all strive to make it higher. About half of the paper from businesses is recycled and that is too low. There is no reason why we can’t encourage the places where we work to do more to increase paper recycling.

Each person tosses out up to 80% of materials that could realistically be used for recycling. This means that just a small portion of what we put in the trash every single day really has to go there. The more you find out about community efforts the more you will be encouraged to do recycling at home too.

If your community doesn’t have places for recycling though you have the ability to change that. Talk to your friends, family, and public officials about the value of recycling. It won’t take long to get some areas in place that are designated for the drop off of goods to be recycled either.

Aluminum cans are often recycled in places that offer money for the scrap. However, you also want to recycle your cans that food items come in. All types of aluminum including foil can be melted down and made into new products. In many instances businesses will buy those recycled cans over and over again to put new products in. With more than 100 million canned goods produced a day we definitely need to be recycling as much of it as we can.

Do you every wonder with a product if you should buy the container that is glass or plastic? Always go with glass because it has an eternal life when it comes to recycling. With plastic after it has been melted down so many times the fibers aren’t good anymore. All of glass that is recycled can be used but not all of plastic is able to be used again.

Plastic is one of the major concerns out there for all of us to deal with. There are over 25 million bottles of products produced annually. Most of them are water and soda. The recycle rate though on plastic is ridiculously low. We are averaging about 27% right now. There is no reason why plastic can’t be recycled at double or triple that rate in the next few years if we take action now.

If you are one of those consumers that uses Styrofoam products then you need to stop. There is absolutely nothing about them that can be recycled. That convenience of using them simply isn’t worth the destruction to our environment. Did you know that the amount of it in landfills already could go around the Earth 400 times?


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