The world is on a verge of extinction. Rising temperatures, bleaching coral reefs, melting ice caps and deteriorating weather conditions will wipe out human race if you don’t march forward and change the scenario.
To begin with, we must follow the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to ensure a healthier environment. This is a list of items that can be easily recycled and make our future greener and healthier.
- Aluminum: This metal can be recycled as many times as you want. Yes you heard it right. It’s limitless and recycling aluminum consumes 95% less energy when compared with manufacture new aluminum.
- PET Plastic Bottles: USA statistics claim that its citizens dispose 80 percent of 25 billion single-serving bottles of water bought every year. They end up in the landfill instead of being recycled. Manufacturing new bottles takes up two-third more energy than recycling, so it is time to stop discarding the bottles.
- Newspaper: One-third of American municipal waste is paper only, so recycling it is essential. It not only causes less pollution and reduces landfill waste but also saves enough trees and reduces deforestation. It is wise to set up a recycling bin next to the garbage, which can be dedicated for the paper only.
- Corrugated Cardboard: Old corrugated cardboard is 13.8% of all the municipal waste discharged in the USA. As much as 29 million tons have been discharged in 1996, majority being from areas not related to residency.
- Steel cans: 80 million tons of steel undergo recycling every year as this metal can be recycled innumerable times like aluminum. It is time we move up from recycling cans to automobile parts, the details of which you can read on the Steel Recycling Institute website.
- HDPE plastic bottles: First tip is you have to know how much recyclable is your high-density polyethylene container. A common ingredient of soap, bleach and milk containers, this high density plastic have three arrows drawn like a triangle as identifiable mark. Numbers 1 and 2 indicate that recycling is possible while anything between numbers 3 to 7 indicates partial recyclability.
- Glass containers: If you recycle glass, you gain 50% energy which is equivalent to illuminating a 100-watt bulb for four hours. Drastic reduction in air and water pollution as well as 250 pounds of mining waste can also be reduced by the recycling process only.
- Magazines: 95% less air pollution can be achieved by recycling paper.
- Mixed paper: 17 trees could survive and 7,000 gallons of water would not be wasted if one ton of paper was recycled. Think about it.
- Computers: Donate old machines if it works and make sure it does not land up as municipal waste. Recycling centers accept the machines which do not work.
So, what do you wait for? Arise, Awake and take the realm in your hands!