Environmental issues as well as the concept of “going green” have gotten a lot of attention lately. Everyone agrees that something must be done NOW to minimize the harm we are doing to the environment. Recycling is quite possibly the easiest and cheapest way for people to go green. Consider this:
* Last year, Americans trashed over 180 BILLION tons of recyclable materials like newspapers and aluminum cans. That equals $6.4 billion dollars, 540 billion cubic yards of landfill space and $12 billion in lost energy!
* The EPA estimates 66 percent of the materials we trash every day could be recycled. Only approximately 25 percent actually is being recycled.
* Recycling 35 percent of our trash would reduce global warming emissions equal to taking 36 million cars off the road.
* Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.
* Nearly all the steel made in the United States and in the world is made from scrap.
* The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about two billion tress per year!
* Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kills as many as one million sea creatures every year!