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Recycling 101

Apr 09, 2015

Peeps around the world produce waste every hour of every day. That's why it's so important to get schooled in recycling!

Talking Trash

When garbage is thrown out, it either gets burned at incineration plants or compacted and buried in landfills (deep pits dug in the earth). Burning trash produces toxic ash that's harmful to our environment, and there's already so much garbage in our landfills that we're running out of space! So the solution lies in recycling - the more we recycle, the less garbage ends up in landfills and incineration plants.

Start recycling today!Start recycling today!Courtesy of Recycle Guys

The Three Rs

Recycling is the system of collecting, sorting and reprocessing old material into usable raw materials. There are three ways to take action against household waste - reduce, reuse and recycle:

  • Reduce the amount of trash you throw out.
  • Reuse bags and containers, and buy reusable products.
  • Recycle anything that's recyclable, and compost food scraps and yard trimmings.

Reuse, Reduce and RecycleReuse, Reduce and Recycle

So What Can You Recycle?

  • Paper (magazines, newspaper, phone books, cardboard).
  • Yard trimmings (grass, leaves, branches).
  • Glass (bottles, jars).
  • Aluminum (beverage containers).
  • Plastic (milk jugs, soda bottles, detergent containers).
  • Remember to rinse cans and bottles before recycling them!

Find out what you should be recyclingFind out what you should be recycling

Help Your Garden Grow

If you take a look at your garbage, you'll find a lot of stuff that can actually benefit your backyard! Kitchen scraps (fruit and veggie peels, coffee grounds, teabags) and yard mulch can be recycled into garden fertilizer. This is called composting, which is basically nature's way of recycling. All you have to do is throw everything into a big bin on a level, well-drained spot in your yard. Over time, bacteria and fungi will decompose this waste and turn it into valuable gardening soil that prevents weed growth.

Did U Know?

  • The average American throws out seven and a half pounds of garbage every day!
  • Each year, the U.S. generates enough plastic film to shrink-wrap the state of Texas.
  • Seventeen trees are saved when one tonne of paper is recycled.

Have Your Say

How do you remember to recycle? Leave a comment and let us know!

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  • Usually, I try to when I can
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"AlphaT" wrote:"Much of it ponders the essense of man, and his place in creation. Pope, in the third Epistle (or chapter, if you will,) argues that man is no more entitled to anything than anything else."I feel like C. S. Lewis wrote this.  Truly, I'm flattered. :O "AlphaT" wrote:But in all seriousness, I feel like I've heard something like this recently. It was about man's relationship to himself under methodological naturalism...which is quite like what you're talking about. In fact, I think it had something to do with Alexander Pope. Anyway, it's true that man is no more entitled to anything than anything else...if one of three conditions are not met: 1. Inherent entitlement2. Achieved entitlement3. Represenative entitlementI don't think there are any good arguments for the first two, but as representatives of the Creator on Earth, we have a right to a certain dominion. This, however, also comes with our own responsibility to the Earth.  I think you're right, I arrived at the same conclusion. Pope seems to be disregarding man's ordained role as manager of earth, as recorded in Genesis. Although, perhaps one could draw from his argument that we tend to abuse our privileged position. Taking more than we ought from the environment in a destructive manner, and offering little in return. We then justify our tyranny by proclaiming our representative entitlement to earth's resources, not knowing how good managers ought to perform. It's an interesting read, whatever you take from it.
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