Think green every day but on Thursday, in honor of "America Recycles Day," Waste Management officials stressed the importance of recycling.
Residents are asked to use recycled grocery bags and buy recycled copy paper, and wash and reuse tubs and jars, rather than throw them out once they are emptied.
Officials list a number of ways residents can recycle:
- Think before you toss: Taking a moment to stop and think before you toss. Almost anything you throw away can be recycled: paper, plastic, aluminum, food waste, glass and even electronics;
- Get creative: Think about new uses for cans, bottles and paper. These materials are perfect to repurpose for new uses such as art projects;
- Spread the Green Message: Encourage your friends and family to recycle.
“We can all make a difference on Nov. 15 for "America Recycles Day" and every day of the year,” said Julie Reyes, community relations manager for Waste Management.
“Whether it’s helping with a recycling project in your community, purchasing products made from recycled materials or simply making sure you place your aluminum, plastic and glass in your recycling bin, it’s important that we all make a commitment to do our part to protect our environment and preserve resources.”
Waste management officials outlined some less obvious advantages of recycling.
According to officials, a single aluminum can, if recycled, saves enough energy to run a light bulb for 20 hours, a computer for three hours or a television for two hours.
Every ton of recycled plastic bottles saves about 3.8 barrels of oil and if U.S. households recycled just three more plastic bottles, more than 23 million pounds of plastic could be diverted from landfills, officials.