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Recycling for Health & CASH

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Recycling For Health & Money

Recycling For Health & Money

There are multiple benefits to carbon offsetting not only in recycling, reuse, reduction, and sustainability but the fact that we create a better more cleaner environment in the long term of the planet. Carbon emissions affect the planet, food, water, and environment we live, work, and play in.

So what started this program of sustainability, reuse, recycling, and reduction of carbon emissions, and deforestation? Clean Air became a concern of congress back in 1969 in the United States and a national environmental sustainability policy was enacted called The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) it was introduced to “foster and promote the general welfare, to create, and maintain conditions under which man and nature coexist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations.” (http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/oi.nsf/8bb15fe43a5fb81788256b58005ff079/398761d6c3c7184988256fc40078499b!OpenDocument) When did it start? Prior to 1969, with no pinpointed date.

Recycling is one of the multiple ways we could do our part in reduction of carbon emissions in the air. Not only are we recycling products and containers but we are reducing carbon emissions, reducing trash, reusing, and making a little extra sum of cash or money when we take our recyclables to the recycling center. Saving this extra cash could be put to good use in savings accounts for our children who could and would learn great life lessons in financial management.

There are many different items or packaging that we can reuse and could recycle; we could also check with our recycle center for all of the items that could be recycled. The items that could be recycled are:

  • Aluminum or cans
  • Paper Product
  • Newspapers/Magazines
  • Glass Bottles
  • Glass containers/jars
  • Plastic recyclable bottles
  • Plastic with the recycle sign
  • Metals
  • Copper
  • Electronics/Phones
  • Bags
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Perishables
  • Refrigerators
  • Air Coolers
  • Air conditioners
  • Cartridges
  • Cardboard
  • Car parts
  • Batteries

When we think of recycling perishables we often think of throwing out all the leftover foods or even without thinking about it. However, these items that are perishable can be reused and recycled by making compost or reducing the perishables by chopping them up to a material to put in our plants. Coffee grains or grounds are another fertilizer for house plants. Some foods can even be made into new plants like garlic and celery that have high regrowth potential. This is only a partial list of the unique ways to reuse perishables.

If you are artistic some of these items can be reused in a different way to create artwork, fashions, or even re-invented products. The choice is yours to reinvent it.

A great example of reinventing something of these items is the Watts Towers constructed of glass, metals, and discarded materials. There are even greenhouses that are constructed of plastic bottles which is a wonderful and creative new product that was reinvented by some creative and artistic people. Another example of reusing items is a use of metals like pennies to tile a floor. These are only a few examples of how people created something out of discarded or reusable items.

When you have hard to recycle items there are alternatives you just have to call your recycling center and community waste offices to find out what you can do to recycle some items. The lists of products are different state to state but call your local city offices for more information.

Volume 2, Issue 2, May 3, 2013

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