7 Facts You Need to Know About Recycling and Minimizing Your Carbon Footprint.
When it comes to recycling we often think of glass bottles, paper, and plastics. Our efforts mainly go as far as placing them in a bin to get picked up on the same day as trash day—oh, but there’s so much more to it.
According to the Recycle Across America, recycling is in a serious crisis and we all can put in some effort to help minimize our carbon footprint.
So what is the problem?
There are many inconsistencies with product labels and they’re causing public confusion on what is the proper way to recycle waste. This is resulting in millions of tons of garbage being thrown into recycling bins.
Here are 7 facts you should know
Without exception, recycling is the top action society could do to simultaneously improve: the environment, the economy, sustainable manufacturing and to prevent waste from going into oceans. Today, it is estimated that more than 1.5 billion face masks have entered the ocean since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. There’s a recycling crisis
Millions of products exists around the world that are used by consumers on the daily and contain inconsistent labels that cause confusion on how to properly recycle their product containers.
Download these labels to place on your bins and help reduce the improper disposal of recyclable material.
3. U.S. recycling levels are currently 21.4%
This could be higher, but according to Recycle Across America, U.S. recycling levels have not improved in 20 years despite the billions of dollars spent on recycling awareness campaigns and new sorting technologies.
4. It helps our environment
This means a CO2 environmental impact equivalent to removing 55 million cars from U.S. roads each year.
5. When U.S. recycling levels reach 75%
It could generate 1.5 million new jobs in the U.S. (net).
6. Manufacturers want materials back
Why? To reuse in their manufacturing, but they aren’t able to reuse the materials if people don’t recycle right.
7. How are labels important?
The nonprofit standardized label mission is the #1 solution to help society begin to recycle right and therefore, help recycling begin to thrive.
Here’s a few extra facts to put things into perspective…
Five plastic bottles (PET) recycled provides enough fiber to create one square feet of carpet or enough fiber fill to fill one ski jacket.
Every three months, Americans throw enough aluminum in the landfills to build our nation’s entire commercial air fleet.
Americans throw away enough office paper each year to build a 12 foot high wall from Seattle to NY (a new wall every year).
Recycling just one glass jar saves enough electricity to light an 11 watt CFL bulb for 20 hours.
Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 46 gallons of oil.
Almost half of the food in the U.S. goes to waste – approximately 3,000 pounds per second.
In 2007, 82% equaling 1.8 million tons of ewaste (various electronics e.g. TVs, cell phones, computers etc) ended up in landfills.
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