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Recycling Facts And Fundamentals That You Need To Know

During these times, the headlines are often filled with horror stories about pollution, environmental degradation and the outbreak of more serious diseases. That is why recycling is more important than ever. While most of us shrug our shoulders in utter helplessness, the truth is that we can actually do something to reverse the tide of environmental degradation, and we can start by doing some simple initiatives right in our own backyards. Recycling is one thing we could easily do. Here are some basic facts about recycling, and why we need to reduce, reuse and recycle. What Is Recycling? By definition, recycling refers to the processing or used materials into new products or items, to prevent the wasteful disposal of useful materials, as well as reduce air, water and soil pollution, and lessen the need for conventional waste disposal methods. The recyclable materials include different types of paper, glass, plastic, metal, textiles and electronics. Other forms of recycling include composting, which involves the reuse of biodegradable wastes like food or garden waste. The process of recycling either involves bringing recyclable materials into a collection center, or these are picked up in garbage bins, and are sorted, cleaned and re-processed into new materials at the local recycling facility. Important Recycling Facts And Details You Should Know Here are some disturbing facts that we all need to know, which should remind us of just t how wasteful and irresponsible we have all become. • According to environment groups, the average American uses around seven trees a year in wood, paper and other wood by-products. The amount of wood and paper that we...

4 Home Recycling Tips For The Family

The incessant talk about global warming, pollution, the use of fossil fuels, and the destruction of our forests has spurred more and more people to come up with innovative ideas on how they can help clean up the planet, and prevent further damage to it. If each individual on the planet did his or her own small thing, such as recycle, it all should add up to one significant change, as well as help make a big difference in the long term. Reusing, reducing and recycling waste needs to start at home. Here are a few recycling tips that you can easily follow at home. Re-Use Scrap Paper, And Do Not Throw Your Old Newspapers Your old newspapers can still do a lot of helpful stuff. They can be reused for packing your valuables into your storage boxes, and can be used in your kitty litter box. Scrap paper can also reused. Use up both sides to print documents, unless you’re printing a very important office or business document. You can also send your old newspapers to a collection facility for proper recycling. Plastic Bottles Can Be Recycled Set aside an area in your garage or storage room for storing plastic bottles. If your town or city has a collection facility or pick-up point, bring your plastic bottles there, and trade them for cash. Ice cream and yoghurt plastic containers can be reused to store candies, biscuits and other items, and may also be used for storing your kids’ crayons, pens and small toys. How To Recycle Old Electronic Items Ensure that all the batteries you use for your...

The Pennsylvania Recycling Revolution Is Now Picking Up Steam

According to recent figures, the United States is considered as the number 1 garbage-producing country in the planet. The Environmental Protection Agency or the EPA, states that the United States has 10,000 municipal and 3,000 urban landfills. The sad thing is that most of these landfills are tightly sealed, to prevent the garbage from leaching and contaminating nearby rivers, lakes, streams or seas. The tight sealing of these landfills though effectively inhibits the natural degradation of organic wastes. What happens once our landfills reach full capacity? Could recycling help provide us with answers to our looming garbage crisis? How The Pennsylvania Recycling Movement is Picking Up Steam Today Because Pennsylvania environment advocates and government planners worry about the threat of a full-blown garbage crisis, more and more programs are now being implemented to prevent the overflowing of our landfills. Now, more states and counties, including Pennsylvania have now adopted a wide array of recycling and waste recovery programs, such as Anaerobic Digestion. Some US states like  Pennsylvania are already far ahead of the rest when it comes to implementing recycling programs. In Portland, Oregon for example, recycling bins are in every street corner, while in Albuquerque, New Mexico, there is a clear lack of curbside recycling programs and facilities. Some US states are also offering used electronics recycling programs. and stated like Pennsylvania offer Anaerobic Digestion for Food Waste. Positive Recycling Facts And Figures To Cheer About Here are some positive developments to cheer about from the last time the US Environment Protection Agency released data regarding recycling: • An estimated 8,550 curbside recycling programs are now operating in the United States, and these...

How Recycling Benefits Pennsylvania

Among the many things that you can do to help protect the Pennsylvania environment, recycling is one of the most popular things to do. Recycling refers to the re-processing of used items or waste products into reusable or new products. Recycling offers a number of eco-friendly and financial benefits. Here’s a more in-depth and balanced look at how recycling helps to benefit both man and the environment. Recycling Cuts Manufacturing Costs, And Saves Money According to environment advocates and government planners, recycling saves businesses, governments and households considerable sums of money. According to the Institute for Local Self Reliance, communities save money when they treat recycling as a replacement for traditional waste disposal and handling methods. Through implementing recycling initiatives in local communities, community managers and planners redesign their garbage collection schedules, as well as reduce the operating time of their trucks and equipment. While some skeptics argue that recycling costs so much more than traditional garbage disposal methods, green advocates say that the prices paid for scrap materials are a direct measure of the immense value of recyclables. For example, scarp aluminum fetches a high price because recycling it eats up less energy as compared to producing a new aluminum can or container. Recycling Saves Energy According to data from the US Energy Information Administration, a paper mill actually uses 40 percent less energy to make paper from recycled materials, than it does to make paper from freshly-cut lumber. Proponents of recycling also tress that the need to use a second timber or logging truck is defrayed when paper is collected and used for recycled. The US Environmental...

How To Start A Recycling Program In Your School

Each time you see your schoolmate or teacher discard a recyclable bottle, can, or printer paper, do you just cringe and gnash your teeth in anger, or should you actually be doing something else? You can do something to prevent this scene from happening again, by initiating a recycling program in your own school. While the activity may take some time and a lot of work, it should be worth your time and effort. Here are some tips for starting a recycling program in your school. Organize A Team, And Determine How Much Trash Your School Disposes A nice way for starting a recycling program in your school is to first organize a team, which may consist of students, teachers, administrators and other school staff. You may also need to sell your program to the school administration, so be ready to state your facts and prepare your arguments for it. Second, determine the volume of trash your school produces each day. To do this, ask your friends or classmates to collect cans, bottles or used paper from other students, and monitor how much is thrown into the garbage bins during class. This information will help you to gather concrete evidence once you present your idea to the school administration. Find a Recycling Company or Facility To Help Handle The Recycling Once your recycling program is approved by your school administrator, find a company or facility that will help handle your recycling output. Get a phone book, and check out the recycling companies in your area, or talk to the solid waste management or recycling coordinator in your local government. Some...

A Review Of Today’s Popular Recycling Programs

As more and more people worry about the state of the planet, many are now actively advocating about the need to conserve, and wisely use our precious natural resource. Recycling is one of the most popular conservation programs today. It involves the re-processing of old and used materials into new or reusable products. A lot of materials can be recycled. Apart from metal, glass, plastic, aluminum, textiles, paper and electronics, organic wastes can also be composted and made into fertilizer. Rubber tires can now also be shredded and turned into insulation, erosion barriers and other unique products. Here’s a review of the popular and widely-accepted recycling programs of today. In the US and elsewhere around the world, recycling and waste-recover programs take different forms. The United States recycles as much as thirty percent of its solid waste; European countries like Sweden, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands however have recycling rates of as high as 60 percent. Here’s a look at the most popular recycling programs today. • Drop-Off Centers For Recyclables A drop-off center refers to a central location that’s established to accept different types of recyclable materials. Even if a town or city has special curbside pick-up points, consumers may wish to transport their used materials here, especially if they have hazardous or toxic materials at home, and don’t know how to safely store these. • Curbside Pick-Up Points In a curbside recyclable pick-up program, specially-fitted trucks with separate containers roam the streets just like garbage trucks. Garbage-disposal crews then sort the materials that are thrown into the truck. However, some towns and cities require their residents to...

How Recycling Benefits The Pennsylvania Environment

In today’s fast-paced and stressful times, the Pennsylvania environment too bears the heavy brunt of our wasteful, filthy and irresponsible behavior. But, instead of simply whining about how dirty our air or water is, or just complaining why the government is not doing enough to protect our natural resources, we can actually make a difference by planting trees or taking care of our forests, as well as by recycling at homes, our offices and workplaces. Here’s a look at how recycling helps protect the environment. Which Materials Are Recyclable? Recycling refers to the process or re-processing and using used materials, into new products, Recycling helps in preventing the waste of potentially-useful materials or components, and helps in reducing air and water pollution, and aids in the lowering of dangerous greenhouse gas emissions too. Recyclable materials come in different kinds, from paper, glass, metal, plastic, to textiles and other electronic components. Most cities and towns today have collection centers for recyclable materials, where these items are cleaned, sorted, and re-processed into new products and materials. Recycling Reduces Contamination, As Well as The Need for New Landfills Recycling provides a number of wonderful benefits for both man and the environment. It helps reduce the amount of garbage disposed in landfills, as well as reduces the need for building new landfills. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that there are over 10,000 municipal landfills, and more than 3,000 active urban landfills. Because most of today’s modern landfills are tightly sealed, to protect the environment from possible contamination, they actually inhibit the natural degradation of organic waste materials. For example, if we...

Recycling Takes Little Effort for a Big Difference

Recycling Slogans are a great way to encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle. We all must do our part to ensure our Earth stays green and serene for the future generations. Here is our recycling slogan of the week! “Recycling takes little effort on your part , for a big difference to our...

5 Recycling Tips to Save Money–And the Earth

You just can’t get that memo right, can you? You print out the first draft and find a misspelling. You print out the second draft and discover you missed some commas. You print out the third draft and later decide on a new title. Now the final draft is ready for printing. Before you throw away those wasted sheets of paper, stop and realize that you could be costing your business as well as the environment. You probably know that by recycling you can save landfill space. But did you know that recycling also can produce a profit for your company? Follow these recycling tips and your workplace will be ready to save the world. Create a recycling program. Almost all types of office papers are recyclable. So is most plastic, aluminum and cardboard. If your office doesn’t already have a recycling program, contact your local recycling company to see how to start one. Use recycled products. If you recycle but don’t buy recycled products, you’re defeating the purpose, in a sense, by discouraging manufacturers of recycled products. Conserve paper. Find paperless ways to communicate, such as by e-mail. Also, save used paper for scrap, make double-sided copies and only print pages you actually need. By cutting back on paper consumption, your office will save money and natural resources. Recycle office equipment. Did you know that computers can be recycled, as well as cell phones, PDAs, pagers, chargers and rechargeable batteries? Many local recycling companies and retailers, including Staples, offer easy ways to recycle your equipment. Recycle empty inkjet and toner cartridges. The fewer drafts you print, the more...