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Green Living ~ Recycling

Wehavediscusseddifferentwaystoincorporategreenlivingintoourhomestosavemoney

andgaintaxbreaks.Eventually,italsohelpsourenvironment.However,youdonthaveto

modifyorchangehomesystemsinordertolivegreen.WecanReduce,Reuse,andRecyle.

Youcantakeadrivethroughanyneighborhoodandseerecyclingcontainersnexttothe

regulargarbagebins.Somecommunitieshaveonelargebinthatispickedupevery

twoweeks;othershaveseparatecontainersforpaper,glass,andplasticbottles.

Itissurprisingtoknowthat,althoughwehavethesetoolsforrecycling,many

ofusdonotrecycle!

AccordingtotheEPA(EnvironmentalProtectionAgency),Americansgeneratedabout

254milliontonsoftrash,andrecycledandcompostedabout87milliontonsofthismaterial

in2013.Itisequivalenttoa34.3percentrecyclingrate.Onaverage,werecycledand

composted1.51lbsofourindividualwastegenterationof4.40lbsperpersonperday.

Wecandobetter!!

Plastics:In2013,33milliontonsofplasticsweregeneratedbyAmericans.

Only9percentofplasticswererecycled!Insteadofusingplasticbagsatthegrocerystore,

bringreusablegrocerybagswithyou.Whenpurchasingitemsthatuseplasticcontainers,

lookforproductsthataremadefromrecycledplastic.

Glass:Glasscanberecycledoverandover.About27percentofthe11.5milliontonsofglass

thatwasgeneratedbyAmericansin2013wasrecoveredforrecycling.Glassdisposedofinthe

regulartrashonlyendsupinalandfillanddoesntgetrecycled!

UsedMotorOil:Dumpingyourusedmotoroildownthedraincancontaminateonemillion

gallonsoffreshwater.AccordingtheEPA,recyclingyourusedoilwillnotonlyhelpthewater

supplystayclean,butreduceAmericandependenceonforeignoil.Ittakes42gallonsofcrude

oiltoproduce2.5quartsofnewmotoroil.Itonlytakesonegallonofusedoiltoproducethesame

amount!Manygarages/autosupplystoresthatsellmotoroilalsoacceptusedoilforrecycling.

Tofindrecyclingcentersnearyou,visitEarth911.

HazardousWasteMaterials:Householdproductsthatcontaincorrosive,toxic,ignitable,orreactive

ingredientsareconsideredtobehouseholdhazardouswaste.Paints,cleaners,oils,batteries,etcrequire

specialcarewhenyoudisposeofthem.Checkwithyourlocalwastemanagementagencytoseewhat

rulesapplyforyourcommunity.

Asyoucanseefromtheexamplesabove,recyclingdoesntcostyoumoney.Simplychangingacouple

ofhabitswhendisposingofwastewillallowyoutolivegreenwithoutspendingtonsofmoney!

Formoreinformationonrecycling,visitepa.gov

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