The use of scrap metal instead of virgin materials to make new steel results in a 97 percent reduction in mining wastes, 90 percent savings in virgin materials use, 86 percent reduction in air pollution, 76 percent reduction in water pollution, 74 percent savings in energy, and 40 percent reduction in water use.
Did you know that your household food waste can be placed into your compost bin and co-composted with your greenwaste? The moisture from the food is a good addition to the greenwaste to promote high quality land application material. It also helps to promote less frequent rubbish can bag changing since there is no rotten food creating moisture and smell. You can also add most types of shredded paper (no glossy) to your compost pile. For more information about composting, visit the US Composting Council at www.compostingcouncil.org.
Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every three months. Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for three hours.
Recycling glass instead of making it from silica sand reduces mining waste by 70 percent, water use by 50 percent and air pollution by 20 percent.
The energy saved each year by steel recycling is equal to the electrical power used by 18 million homes each year – or enough energy to last Los Angeles residents for eight years.
If every U.S. household replaced just one roll of 1,000-sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissues with 100 percent recycled ones, it could save 373,000 trees, 1.48 million cubic feet of landfill space and 155 million gallons of water.
Opt-Out of receiving unwanted phonebooks to your home or business. To have your name placed on a “opt-out” list for phonebook directories go to the Yellow Pages Association’s Opt-Out website (www.yellowpagesoptout.com).
Or donate them to a local school participating in a phonebook directory recycling challenge, for more information visit this website.