Today marks America Recycles Day, a day to remind ourselves of the importance of reducing waste and educating each other on the critical need to protect our environment and keep our planet clean.
According to National Geographic, each American sends 64 tons of waste to landfills during their lifetime, the equivalent of 246 million tons of waste each year. In the grand scheme of things it may not seem important, but an EPA study has shown that recycling and reuse also accounts for 681,000 jobs and $37.8 billion in wages. America Recycles Day is about building consumer demand for recycled products, and to educate America on the environmental and economic benefits of recycling.
There are many benefits to recycling. First, it reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators. When waste is left in landfills for too long, the lack of oxygen causes bacteria in the waste to produce methane gas, a highly flammable gas that becomes dangerous when it collects underground. When waste is incinerated the air is poisoned with toxic fumes. Recycling also conserves natural resources, and increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials. Reuse is also helpful. By reusing materials at hand pollution is prevented by reducing the need for new raw materials. Reducing or eliminating the need to make materials from scratch saves energy, supports manufacturing and conserves valuable resources. Last, when you recycle you’re helping to expand the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States, and contributing to the creation of new jobs.
Recycling doesn’t have to stop there. There are many ways you can reduce waste at home, at school, at work, and even within your community. For example, at home you can learn to compost, raise the cutting height of your lawnmower during the summer to keep grass roots shaded, use insulation made from recycled paper, turn off or unplug lights during the day. Reusing old school supplies that have not yet run out, or recycling those that are used up is a way to recycle at school. You can purchase school supplies made from recycled products, especially supplies that use minimal packaging. This also applies for recycling at work. An idea for the cafeteria is to pack your lunch in reusable containers instead of disposable ones, and recycle the cans and bottles when you’re done eating. Starting a community project or creating electronic drop-offs are great ways to get your neighborhood involved in recycling programs.
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