Thursday, March 18, 2010

Reycling Basics

Remember learning about the 3 R's way back when? Reduce, reuse, and recycle! Those three words are still just as important, if not more important, than they were years ago when we first started hearing them. Every day, the average American throws away 4.5 lbs of garbage. Add that up over the course of a week, a month, a year, and you have a whole heck of a lot of garbage. Believe it or not, residential waste makes up 55-65% of the municipal waste stream.Thankfully, this means that consumers and households can make a significant difference in reducing our everyday waste. What's one of the easiest ways to combat all this trash? Create less of it. You can do this by consuming less, reusing more, and of course, recycling.

It's getting easier and easier to recycle these days. Check out your local solid waste district to find out how and what specifically can be recycled in your county. In general, you can assume to recycle all paper, aluminum, glass and plastic bottles/jugs #1-7. These items can go directly in your curbside recycling bin, or in any drop off location throughout the city, without having to be sorted. Many area schools collect paper or aluminum cans, and receive a certain amount of money for the amount of paper or cans they collect. Help support your city schools while being environmentally responsible at the same time!

Recycling is a win win situation for all involved. Check out some of the benefits of recycling -
  • reduces the release of greenhouse gases
  • conserves energy
  • protects trees
  • saves natural resources
  • curbs landfill growth
  • creates jobs
Where Can I Recycle?
Visit your county’s solid waste management website to find out how and where to
recycle in your county.

Hamilton County
Butler County
Warren County
Clermont and Adams Counties

Boone, Campbell and Kenton
Campbell County

Dearborn County
Southeast Indiana Counties

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Fia! I love your blog and sources! I have to say that a growing pet peeve of mine is that people use "recycle" no matter what they are talking about! "reusing" can happen a lot and if we don't call it that maybe it will be lost? For example. I have this yogurt container in my hand that can't be recycled...does that mean I throw it away or do I find another use for it, fill a need that I have somewhere else in my life! I just think that language is important! Maybe together we can start putting an emphasis on the difference! and then we can take over the world!! (and make it greener!)