Recycling programs can be found across the United States as part of our nation’s effort to contribute to a green earth. It requires a group effort to generate a positive impact, such as taking steps toward creating a more sustainable future.
Recycling has made tremendous strides in the last three decades. We can all help keep up the momentum to produce a greener world for the next generation and those to follow by taking small actions daily. The first step toward contributing to a green community is to check with your municipality or waste hauler to see what they accept in your curbside recycling program. You can also check online for more information about what you can recycle in your community. Next, make sure that you only recycle what is acceptable. Always rinse and dry recyclables. Do not forget the small items, such as paper straw wrappers. Finally, take non-curbside recyclables, including batteries and electronics, to local drop-off centers.
The impact of recycling in our world is phenomenal. For instance, one ton of recycled aluminum cans can conserve the amount of energy equivalent to about 1,665 gallons of gasoline, which is enough to fuel a passenger car for nearly three and a half years. Nationwide, we currently recycle 44 billion aluminum cans annually. That is enough to fuel 722,675 cars for over three years. As you can see in the infographic below, the impact of recycling daily truly makes a difference.