This week I thought I’d start by talking about an act so simple and effective, yet only 30% of Americans participate in according to the EPA. Increasing recycling in the US to 60% could save the equivalent of 315 million barrels of oil per year. Recycling is a great way individuals can make a difference, both locally and globally.
I started thinking of things I see a lot of people struggle with that would be a easy to teach people about but still make a huge impact. I thought about how many people including myself don’t know or have the time to research how to, what to, or even where to recycle. Don’t worry, I spent all week researching everything you can and can’t recycle (some depending on location). Below is a print out of all the things you can recycle. Feel free to print it out and hang it on your wall if it helps you remember. If you would like to skip through the article and get a fast paced video version with lots of interesting facts I will link my youtube video below!
Definition: 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. Through advances in recycling technology, you have more options than ever. And it’s a good thing because we need to conserve as much of our resources as possible.
According to the EPA benefits of recycling include
-Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and combustion facilities
-Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
-Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
-Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
-Helps sustain the environment for future generations
-Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States