Recycling Mythbusters: Do I have to remove tape from my cardboard boxes? Should I put my glass through the dishwasher before recycling? Do I need to remove paper labels from my cans? We bust these recycling myths and more to help break down barriers - real or imagined - between residents and recycling.
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LANDFILLS ARE NOT GIANT COMPOST PILES
Americans generate trash at an astonishing rate of 4.9 pounds per person every day, which collectively amounts to 292.4 million tons per year! [source: EPA]
BUT ALL THAT WASTE DOESN'T BREAK DOWN ONCE IT HITS THE LANDFILL!
Landfills are not designed to break down waste, only to store it. Garbage in a landfill does decompose - VERY slowly and in a sealed, oxygen-free environment. Because of the lack ofRead more
♻️JUST BECAUSE IT'S RECYCLABLE, DOESN'T MEAN IT'S PROCESSABLE.♻️
Wondering what that even means? Well, let's break it down!
Most things are recyclable, meaning if you had the machinery, expertise, and market, most things could be broken down to their parts, compressed back into raw material, and used again. Think about items that may be recycled in one town and not in another. It's not that the item magically becomes recyclable once it crosses town lines, butRead more
Did you know? Recycling can EARN MONEY and DECREASE DISPOSAL COSTS for a town or city.
- Revenue is earned by selling high quality recyclable material to responsible vendors.
- Disposal costs (how much it costs for waste to be landfilled or incinerated) are decreased as material is diverted from the solid waste stream and is recycled instead.
The combination of revenue from recycling and decreased costs by avoiding disposal, plus theRead more
♻️ One person CAN make a difference when it comes to recycling!♻️
Each piece you recycle - no matter how small - adds up. Take, for example, a single aluminum can - recycling just one can save enough energy to run a 14 watt CFL bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours! Recycle a 6-pack and you've saved enough energy to run a computer for more than a day (27 hours). If you and 40 of your closest friends recycle just one 6-pack a month, you'll beRead more