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Featured Post from Green Forumsby, 10-01-2012 at 12:06 PM
Everyone knows that the cornerstone to going green is recycling. Americans create more trash than any other developed country, it’s estimated that Americans create around 4 pounds of garbage per person every day. So is it not only imperative that we consider what we’re consuming but that we also deal with this trash correctly by recycling when possible. It’s our responsibly to live by the simple mantra that we’ve been teaching our children for years, ‘Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle’.
Despite the fact that about 75% of trash is recyclable, only about 25% actually gets recycled. With the addition of curbside recycling services to a vast majority of communities throughout the United States, going green just got a lot easier. Here are a few things to consider when recycling.
Paper decomposes completely in 2-5 months, unless it’s thrown away with regular trash. If it’s thrown away in a plastic trash bag, it takes about 20 years for the plastic bag to deteriorate, which finally gives the paper the opportunity to decompose as well. It is noted that if Americans recycled just one tenth of their paper, it would save 25 million trees a year. If your recycling company doesn’t separate items for you, it’s a good idea to separate white office paper, newspaper, cardboard, and mixed colored paper.
To check the recycle-ability of a plastic item look for the Universal Recycling Symbol usually found on the bottom. There should be a number inside the triangle which will help to differentiate what kinds of resins were used in the creation of the item. There is usually a number from 1 to 7, you can recycle anything that has a 1 or a 2, but recycling programs are working on being able to recycle all types of plastic. Did you know that it takes 20 years for a plastic bag to decompose but up to 250 years for a plastic cup to decompose?
An array of types of glass can be recycled including clear, ...