Recycling reduces the negative impact our waste has on the environment and conserves some of our natural resources. By recycling, you not only reduce water and air pollution, you also reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.
A 60-watt light bulb can be run for more than a day on the amount of energy saved by recycling one pound of steel.
The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. It also causes 20 percent less air pollution and 50 percent less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
The range of products that you will be able to recycle depends on the recycling program available in your area. Examples of materials that can be recycled are:
- Electronic Equipment
- Cooking Oil
- Soaps, Shampoos, and Lotions
- Plastic bottles
- Light bulbs
- Printer Cartridges
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Recycling facts have been compiled from various sources including the National Recycling Coalition, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Earth911.org.