America Recycles Day

Spearheaded by the National Recycling Coalition, tomorrow (November 15) is America Recycles Day, which is celebrating its 11th birthday this year by encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. Consider these stats from RecycleBank...

The average American discards 7.5 pounds of garbage every day -- 75 percent of which is recyclable.

For every 10,000 tons of waste, 36 jobs are created to recycle it versus 1 job for incinerating it.

Simply by recycling, we save more than 5 billion gallons of gasoline and reduce our dependence on foreign oil by 114 million barrels.

Top 10 recyclable items

1. Aluminum

2. PET plastic bottles

3. Newspaper

4. Corrugated cardboard

5. Steel cans

6. HDPE plastic bottles

7. Glass containers

8. Magazines

9. Mixed paper, including junk mail, phone books, and windowed envelopes

10. Computers, cell phones, TVs

Did you know?

That Delicious Living is printed on 30 percent post-consumer-recycled waste? In fact, our November issue consumed 230 trees, 77,874 gallons of waste water, 42,127 pounds of carbon dioxide less than if we had printed on nonrecycled paper.

Find an event in your area and find tips at Recycling 101.

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