America Recycles Day is November 15! When you hear the word recycle, you probably think of things like paper, plastic, aluminum and glass. But did you know that motor oil, electronics, batteries and tires can be recycled, too? Recycling common household materials reduces the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills. It also saves energy, protects natural resources, and provides materials for new products.
- Recycling two gallons of used oil can generate enough electricity to run the average household for almost 24 hours.
- Recycling one aluminum can saves the amount of energy needed to power a laptop computer for five hours or run a 60-watt CFL light bulb for 20 hours.
- Recycling one ton of paper saves up to 7,000 gallons of water. Recycled paper can be used to make masking tape, hospital gowns, coffee filters, lamp shades, eggs cartons and more.
- Many different metals are recovered during the cell phone recycling process – gold, silver, platinum, palladium, copper, tin and zinc – that can be used by jewelry, plating, electronics, automotive and other industries.
Viewer Tip: Before you toss a household item in the trash can, find out if it can be recycled. You may be surprised by some of the items that can be recycled – auto fluids, corks, computers, light bulbs and much more. Visit search.earth911.com to find out what you can recycle, how and where. Provide your city or zip code and the item that needs to be recycled to find a nearby recycling solution.
(Sources: Earth911, http://earth911.com/; America Recycles Day, www.americarecyclesday.org; EPA, “Basic Information About Used Oil,” http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/usedoil/oil.htm; EPA. “Environmental Benefits of Recycle on the Go,” http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/conserve/onthego/benefits/index.htm; EPA, “Wastes – Resource Conservation – Common Wastes & Materials – Paper Recycling,” http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/paper/faqs.htm; EPA, ” Wastes – Resource Conservation – Common Wastes & Materials – eCycling,” http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/ecycling/faq.htm)