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Posted on November 15, 2016 at 8:06 AM by Communications Department
o That conserves the equivalent of energy consumed by over 10 million households
o That is the Greenhouse Gas equivalent of taking 39 million passenger vehicles off the road for a year.
o Making recycling convenient – 73% of the U.S. population has access to curbside recycling – will help improve our national rate of recycling.
o Recycling provides material for manufacturing new products. For example:
? Recycled plastic milk bottles can become an outdoor park bench; ? A cereal box can become a board game; ? An aluminum can become a new aluminum can; or ? A plastic water bottle can become a new pair of jeans. ? A steel food can could become a bicycle
? Recycled plastic milk bottles can become an outdoor park bench;
? A cereal box can become a board game;
? An aluminum can become a new aluminum can; or
? A plastic water bottle can become a new pair of jeans.
? A steel food can could become a bicycle
o Reducing food waste saves money. It is estimated that on average a family of four throws away food worth $2,275 each year.
o Recycling is a multi-billion industry that employees millions of Americans. Commercial and municipal recycling represents nearly $106 billion in economic activity annually and is responsible for over 470,000 direct and indirect U.S. jobs, generating more than $4.3 billion in state and local revenues annually, and another $6.76 billion federal taxes.
o The value lost by discarding packaging rather than recycling it is estimated to be over $11 billion.