Recycling- The Simplest Miracle

ist2_4501975_globe_with_recycling_sign_on_environmental_backgroundSure, you’re told to recycling – you’re actually told several things to do in order to make Earth “greener”, but how in depth are you aware of your impact? Chances are, if you’re recycling, the impact is significant. Information provided by several resources show evidence that recycling overlooked everyday objects can do wonders for Earth! What’s best is that recycling is probably the most practical way to try and make the planet a bit better and “greener.” All it usually takes is a few steps to a recycling bin rather a garbage can, and on occasion, to specialty recycling centers for less common objects. If we would all simply make an effort and try to recycle, it would save tons of money, delay the speed at which we’re consuming natural resources, promote a healthier environment, which will therefore make everyone healthier and significantly reduce the chance of catastrophes such as hurricanes and wild fires. Various conservation facts are compiled in the following list to show just how recycling everyday, common objects can affect the planet:
Aluminum
• Recycled aluminum reduces pollution by 95 percent; recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours (Reynolds Metal Company)
• Four pounds of bauxite are saved for every pound of aluminum recycled (Reynolds Metal Company)
• Enough aluminum is thrown away to rebuild the commercial air fleet four times every year. (Earth 911)
Glass
• Recycling of one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours (EPA)
• Recycled glass generates 20 percent less air pollution and 50 percent less water pollution (NASA)
• One ton of glass made from 50 percent recycled materials saves 250 pounds of mining waste (EPA)
• Glass can be reused an infinite number of times (EPA)
Paper
• A ton of recycled paper equals or saves 17 trees in paper production. (Earth 911)
• Recycled paper saves 60 percent energy vs. virgin paper (Center for Ecological Technology)
• Recycled paper generates 95 percent less air pollution: each ton saves 60 pounds of air pollution (Center for Ecological Technology)
• Recycling of each ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water (EPA)
• Every year enough paper is thrown away to make a 12 foot wall from New York to California
Plastic
• If we recycled every plastic bottle we used, we would keep two billion tons of plastic out of landfills (Penn State)
• Recycling a pound of plastic saves approximately 12,000 BTU’s (and 1 BTU is equivalent to 1055.056 joules!) (EPA)

-Hong Doan

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  1. 1

    nancy Ton said,

    Wow. That is a lot of facts for recycling things or a particular item. I heard that in downtown, they are trying out a recycling bin on some of the homes that is near downtown. And people starting to get used to the recycling bin around their houses, then the mayor would start giving to home around Houston. Isn’t that cool!!

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    Muskan Agarwal said,

    I think that by reading this, people will realize that recycling is very important. Sure they have been told that before, but this article points ou the benifits and raises awareness for recycling.

  3. 3

    michellle c. said,

    just one aluminum can can save enough energy to run a television for three hours?cool. i wonder how people would know that enough paper is thrown away to make a 12 foot wall from New York to California?

  4. 4

    Dennis Chau said,

    This is actually quite interesting when taken into consideration of the other ways to solve global warming. You see, all these people think of ways in which they can use newer energies to solve for an age-old problem. But the solution may simply be recycling and reusing. Such a simple plan can have great benefits!

  5. 5

    Green Energy said,

    If only everybody knows the value of recycling then this world is a better place to live on, generation to generation.

    Start recylcling today.


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