Facts and Fundamentals You Should Know About Recycling

Many times our headlines are filled with horror stories about environmental hazards, pollution and the outbreak of serious diseases.  A great many people simply shrug their shoulders in utter helplessness, but the truth is we can do something to reverse the tide of environmental ruin.  We can start to improve the environment right in our own backyards.  Recycling is one thing we can easily do to help preserve our precious natural resources.

Here are some basic facts about recycling as well as reasons why we need to reduce, reuse and recycle.

By definition, recycling refers to the processing of used materials into new products or items.  Recycling prevents the wasteful disposal of useful materials and reduces air, water and soil pollution.  Recycling lessens the need for conventional waste disposal methods.  Recyclable materials include different types of paper, glass, plastic, metal, textiles, building materials, aluminum and electronics plus others.

Recyclable materials may need to be delivered to a recycling collection center or the recyclable materials may be picked up by a recycle truck at curbside.  After collection the recycled materials are sorted, cleaned and reprocessed into new materials at the local recycling facility.

Other forms of recycling include composting which consists of reusing biodegradable wastes such as food or garden waste and using the compost as fertilizer for your garden and plants.

Some important and disturbing recycling facts you should know remind us of just how wasteful and irresponsible we have become with our environment.  According to environmental groups the average American uses approximately seven trees a year in wood, paper and other wood by-products.  This amounts to approximately 2,000,000,000 trees per year.  The amount of wood and paper that we throw into our landfills each year is more than enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for the next twenty years.

Among the most easily recyclable items today are used aluminum beverage cans.  A used aluminum can may be recycled and returned back to the grocery shelf in as little as 60 days.  Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television set for 3 hours.

In the United States 2.5 million plastic bottles are used each day.  Most of these bottles are simply thrown away.  This plastic and other types of trash can end up in our streams, rivers and oceansand  are estimated to kill or harm as many as 1 million sea creatures each year.  Recycling plastic bottles is a much better solution for the environment than just throwing the old bottles away.

In the United States alone it is estimated that 16 billion diapers, 1.6 billion pens, 220 million car tires and 2 billion razor blades are discarded each year.  The number one garbage producing nation on the planet is the United States with an estimate of 1,609 pounds of trash per person.

A single quart of oil which is improperly disposed of can contaminate as much as 2 million gallons of fresh water.  Motor oil never wears out, but only gets dirty.  Oil can be recycled, refined and reused again.

It is up to each and every one of us to do whatever we can to help protect our precious natural resources and our environment.  Recycling is a good starting point.141218_INV_BestWorstStocks_Monster