Small Change for the Day

A small change doesn't seem like much, but many small changes made by many people add up to a large positive effect. For more changes you can make today read our article,
Simple Ways to Stop Global Warming.

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How Recycling can Help Stop Global Warming

As an avid recycler, I do my best to also take actions in my life that will help stop global warming. Because landfills filled with our garbage produce a dangerous greenhouse gas called methane, recycling is a great way to get started fighting global warming.

These simple actions can make a big difference in fighting global warming with recycling and reducing the garbage accumulating in landfills.

Aluminum Can Recycling Recycle Aluminum - Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours -- or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline. It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials.
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Recycle Steel Cans Recycle Steel "Tin" Cans - A 60-watt light bulb can be run for over a day on the amount of energy saved by recycling 1 pound of steel. In one year in the United States, the recycling of steel saves enough energy to heat and light 18,000,000 homes! It takes 60% less energy to recycle steel than it does to make it from raw materials.
Recycle Paper Recycle Paper - Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution! The 17 trees saved can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 1500 pounds of carbon dioxide. It takes 40% less energy to recycle newspaper than it does to make it from raw materials.
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Recycle Your Plastic Recycle Plastic - Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator. It takes 70% less energy to recycle plastics than it does to make it from raw materials.
Recycle Glass Recycle Glass - The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials. It takes 40% less energy to recycle glass than it does to make it from raw materials.
Recycle Your Motor Oil Recycle Your Used Motor Oil - Two gallons of used motor oil can generate enough electricity to power the average home for one day, cook 48 meals in a microwave oven, blow-dry a person’s hair at least 216 times, vacuum a house for 15 months or watch television for 7 and a half days straight! (180 hours)
Use Recycled Paper Use Recycled Paper - Using 100% post-consumer recycled paper for your printer or copy machine keeps 5 pounds of carbon dioxide out of our atmosphere per ream of paper.
Reuse Your Grocery Bags Reuse and/or Recycle Your Grocery Bags - When 1 ton of plastic bags is reused or recycled, the energy equivalent of 11 barrels of oil are saved.
Hemp Shopping Bag Use a Reusable Cloth, Hemp or Mesh Shopping Bag - A sturdy, reusable bag needs only be used 11 times to have a lower environmental impact than using 11 disposable plastic bags.Learn where to purchase reusable shopping bags.
Reduce Packaging Material and Reduce Trash Buy Products with the Least Amount of Packaging - Reducing trash by purchasing products with minimal packaging saves 1000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering our atmosphere.

In 2000, recycling resulted in an annual energy savings equal to the amount of energy used in 6 million homes (over 660 trillion BTUs). In 2005, recycling is conservatively projected to save the amount of energy used in 9 million homes (900 trillion BTUs).

A national recycling rate of 30% reduces greenhouse gas emissions as much as removing nearly 25 million cars from the road.

Get rid of unwanted junk mail and catalogs and help the environment!

These facts have been compiled from various sources including the Environmental Protection Agency, The National Resources Defense Center, and The Union of Concerned Scientists. While I make every effort to provide accurate information, I make no warranty or guarantee that the facts presented here are exact. We welcome all polite corrections to our information.


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