Why recycle

Published on 31 January 2010 by in Recycling

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Recycling is defined as the processing of used materials or waste. Recycling is increasingly becoming popular as people are becoming more environmentally conscious about the impact of garbage to the natural environment.

One reason recycling is important is that less natural resources is utilized in the creation of products. For example, the recycling of paper reduces the amount of trees felled. Rather than cut trees for the creation of paper, a used paper products are used. Thus, recycling prevents deforestation. Since deforestation is prevented, there will be less soil erosion and less carbon emissions in the air.

Another importance of recycling is the prevention of harmful chemicals from contaminating the earth. Some products such as batteries, light bulbs, etc contain chemicals. If these products were not recycled i.e. thrown into a dump site, there is a possibility that the chemicals in these products may leak out. It is not uncommon where there are news reports that rivers became contaminated because of chemical leaks from improperly-handled waste.

Another benefit of recycling is that there will be less demand for garbage landfills. In every major populated area, the problem of finding land for garbage landfills is a problem. Local authorities are finding it difficult to look for a suitable site for landfills. Recycling reduces the amount of garbage that is brought into these landfills. Instead of being a garbage site, lands can be used for parks, agriculture, commercial use and housing.

The recycling of biodegradable waste, on the other hand, can be used for the production of electricity. Biodegradable materials emit methane. When done in a large-scale level, these methane emissions can produce enough electricity to power a small community. Another benefit of recycling biodegradable materials is that some of these materials are rich in soil nutrients. When recycled, these can be used as fertilizers.

Some garbage sites use incineration in eliminating wastes. Through recycling, there will be less garbage to incinerate which means that there will be less air pollution and less greenhouse gases in the air.

Plastics are widely used today more than ever. When not recycled, plastics take a very long time to degrade. Some these plastics find its way to waterways and oceans. In some urban areas, flooding occurs because plastics thrown improperly were found clogging rivers and waterways. Plastics that find its way to the oceans are harming the aquatic life. Some fishes and marine mammals die because plastics were mistaken for food. Another case is that plastics can destroy the habitat of marine life. Recycling of plastics prevents these from happening. Marine life can foster and there will be less flooding.

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Closing the Loop

Published on 27 January 2010 by in Recycling

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The following article was posted from a company in Charlottesville, VA.

http://rswa.avenue.org/closeloop.htm

Click on the above link to go their site for all information….

Many efforts already have been made to close the recycling loop. Manufacturers of consumer products are recycling impressive amounts of readily reusable products. About 27 percent of the nation’s newspapers, office paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass, and steel containers are being recycled. As consumer demand increases for recycled good and packaging, so will the amounts of aluminum, paper, steel, glass, and plastic being recycled.

Are You in the Loop?

recycleHow can you help close the recycling loop? Consumers must make an effort to close the loop by buying recycled. Consumers can demonstrate the importance of recycling to manufacturers by purchasing items made of or packaged in recycled materials. With this clear mandate from consumers, manufacturers will continue to buy and use recyclable materials.

Today recycling is on the agenda of nearly every major company in the nation. Product changes, research projects and pilot programs are starting almost daily. Consumers are the driving force in convincing manufacturers to expand their efforts to produce recycled products.

Be a Label Reader

Make an effort to look for recycling information printed on packages. In our quest for healthier foods, people are reading nutritional labels on packages. Let’s commit ourselves to reading environmental labels and to buying recyclable products,  recycled products and products packaged in recycled materials. You might be surprised to find that even with products you buy on a regular basis, you’ve been “buying recycled.”

A good place to begin is in the supermarket. Check labels on boxes of cereal, cookies and crackers for the recycle symbol. Check canned goods and food in glass containers. Check detergents and cleaning supplies in plastic containers. In fact, start checking all labels on all items you buy. You will uncover dozens of packages made from recycled materials.

Most manufacturers that use cans and glass in their packaging already use recycled materials. Some labels are small, some large. Some appear on side panels, others appear on flaps of a box or carton. Although there is no standard or universal symbol, many companies use three arrows forming a loop.

recycle symbols

Searching For Products Made From Recyclable Materials

Packaging holds most of the clues for closing the recycling loop. But more and more actual products are being made from recyclables and packaged in recycled materials. Look for:

  • writing paper, note pads, greeting cards, and other stationery supplies
  • household paper products, such as paper towels and bath tissues toilet tissue
  • products in recycled containers or packaging, such as canned goods, beverages and detergents
  • carpeting
  • tools
  • plastic products, such as flower pots and fencing
  • packing boxes box image
  • rubber mulch made from recycled tires

Remanufactured products often cost less than new ones and often fit your needs. Look for:

  • re-refined motor oil oil can image
  • retread tires and automotive batteries

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Wastecap of Nebraska

Published on 15 January 2010 by in Recycling

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Wastecap of Nebraska

Wastecap is a non profit organization that provides recyling services to Nebraska.

If you are looking to start a GREEN TEAM at your business- here is the place to go for info and help in succeeding.

Looking for a Grant for recycling?  Look no further!

Click here to go to their site with more information:

http://www.wastecapne.org/

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Recycling in Nebraska

Published on 21 December 2009 by in Recycling

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Benefits of Recycling (from Nebraska State Recycling)

Conserves resources for our children’s future.

Prevents emissions of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants.

Saves energy.

Supplies valuable raw materials to industry.

Creates jobs.

Stimulates the development of greener technologies.

Reduces the need for new landfills and incinerators.

For complete information go to http://www.das.state.ne.us/materiel/recycling/activities.htm

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Explaining the Recycling Symbol

Published on 02 December 2009 by in Recycling

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Explaining the Recycling Symbol

Explaining the Recycling Symbol
by Earth 911 on February 15th, 2008

You can find the chasing arrow symbol on many of your favorite products, issuing a call to action that you should recycle. But the symbol itself involves much more than just dropping off your products in a bin. […]

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