" Nearly three quarters of what we throw away is products, with organic materials (food and yard waste) make up the remaining 25%." EPA, 2009 Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2008.

What is Recycling? 

Recycling is processing used materials (waste) into new products that prevent waste of potentially useful materials, Reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, Reduce energy usage and Reduce air pollution and water pollution. 

Why is it important to Recycle?

Recycling saves the Earth

Recycling products will help the environment. For example, recycling paper. We know paper comes from trees, and that many trees are being cut down. So, by recycling it we can help lessen the amount of trees that are being cut down. 

Recycling helps save money

Using products that are recycled lessens expenses. Products made from recycled items are less expensive than products made from fresh materials. 

As the pollution in our world increases, it's becoming more and more important to recycle. It doesn't take to much time to recycle items. So, give recycling a try and help save our planet! For a moment, think what you as an individual can do to make a difference. Pick up garbage on the ground when you see it, join a group that advocates recycling. What else can you think of that will help clean up our environment and recyle? 

 Copyright © Emma Elliott, 2012


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