Sunday, February 22, 2009

Do Your Part! Recycle

By now, you probably know all the great reasons why people should recycle, but are you actually following through? It's certainly simple enough. All you need to do is sort your waste and put it in the right place. Not sure how to do this where you live? Check out Earth911 for all the recyling information you could ever need (including pickup sites in your area!).

Want to know more about what gets recycled? Here's a quickie guide.

Need more reasons to recycle? Here are some fun facts.

  • Each of us uses approximately one 100-foot-tall Douglas fir tree in paper and wood products per year
  • Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity
  • Energy saved from recycling one ton of aluminum is equal to the amount of electricity the average home uses over 10 years.
  • Americans throw away enough aluminum every month to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
  • Glass never wears out -- it can be recycled forever.
  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year
  • The highest point in Ohio is "Mount Rumpke," which is actually a mountain of trash at the Rumpke sanitary landfill

Of course, you could be more creative with your trash. Checkout this site for some cool craft ideas with recycled goods.

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