Are you ready for National Recycling Month?
To help put you in the right frame of mind, here are a just a few (of many!) good reasons to recycle:
1. If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year.
2. Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.
3. Motor oil never wears out, it just gets dirty. Oil can be recycled, re-refined and used again, reducing our reliance on imported oil. A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water.
4. The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours or a compact fluorescent bulb for 20 hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
5. The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world’s people generate 40% of the world’s waste.
I don’t know about you, but that’s enough to make me think twice before tossing things into the nearest landfill.
Janet Hulstrand is a writer/editor, writing coach , travel blogger, and coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home.
(Thanks to: http://www.recycling-revolution.com/recycling-facts.html for these amazing facts. If you still need convincing, there are more on their site.)