1. Recycling conserves energy and natural resources while reducing pollution.
2. Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy used to make the material from scratch. That means 20 cans out of recycled material can be made with the same energy it takes to make one out of new material.
3. Making aluminum cans from recycled aluminum cuts air related pollution by 95%.
4. Recycling steel and tin cans saves on the average 60% of the energy used to produce them from raw materials.
5. Other benefits of recycling steel and tin include the reduction of air pollution, energy use, and mining waste.
6. Recycling one ton of paper conserves 17 mature trees
7. Recycling white paper reduces bleach use which cuts down on dioxins in the water.
8. Recycling has environmental benefits such as:
1. Conserving over 97,590 gallons of water by recycling 137.84 tons of fiber material
2. Reducing air pollution emissions of over 84,082 pounds by recycling the 137.84 tons of fiber material.
Before you throw the next piece of paper, can or plastic container in the trash can THINK CRITICALLY about the consequences to the Earth:
- Can it be recycled?
- Energy saved from 1 can being recycled can run a computer for 3 hours.
- Recycling a 10 foot stack of newspaper saves 1 tree.
- Remember to use both sides of a sheet of paper.
- Backside of sheets of paper can be saved to use as scrap paper.
NSCC Students for the Environment web site has more information about protecting the environment.
Check out a new book in the NSCC library:
You are Here: Exposing the Vital Link Between What We Do and What That Does to Our Planet, by Thomas M. Kostigen. (GF75 .K674 2008)