Saving The Earth One House At A Time
Due to the efforts of our residential and commercial customers, Gentle Earth Recycling recycled the following in 2009.
- 28 tons of newspaper
- 2.7 tons of aluminum
- 5.5 tons of plastic
- 476 trees
- 92.4 cubic yards of landfill
Together, we recycled enough paper to save:
- 114,800 kilowatt hours of energy
- 196,000 gallons of water
- 1,680 lbs of air polution.
This is compared to making paper from virgin wood pulp.
544,000: trees saved if every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin fiber paper towels (70 sheets) with 100% recycled ones.
20 million: tons of electronic waste thrown away each year. One ton of scrap from discarded computers contains more gold than can be produced from 17 tons of gold ore.
9 cubic yards: amount of landfill space saved by recycling one ton of cardboard.
$160 billion: the value of the global recycling industry that employs over 1.5 million people.
79 million tons: the amount of waste material diverted away from disposal in 2005 through recycling and composting… (EPA)
5%: the fraction of the energy it takes to recycle aluminum versus mining and refining new aluminum.
315 kg: the amount of carbon dioxide not released into the atmosphere each time a metric ton of glass is used to create new glass products.
51.5%: the percentage of the paper consumed in the U.S. that was recovered for recycling in 2005.
The recycling of aluminium generally produces significant cost savings over the production of new aluminium even when the cost of collection, separation and recycling are taken into account. Over the long term, even larger national savings are made when the reduction in the capital costs associated with landfills, mines and international shipping of raw aluminium are considered.
The environmental benefits of recycling aluminium are also enormous. Only around 5% of the CO2is produced during the recycling process compared to producing raw aluminium (and an even smaller percentage when considering the complete cycle of mining and transporting the aluminium). Also, open-cut mining is most often used for obtaining aluminium ore, which destroys large sections of world’s natural land.
Glass is an ideal material for recycling and where it is used for new glass container manufacture it is virtually infinitely recyclable. The use of recycled glass in new container helps save energy. It helps in brick and ceramic manufacture, and it conserves raw materials, reduces energy consumption, and reduces the volume of waste sent to landfill.
A ton of paper made from recycled fibers instead of
virgin fibers conserves:
Preparing your used glass containers for recycling is easy. All you need to do is remove their lids or caps and rinse the containers in water. You don’t need to scrub off the labels, since they will burn up when the glass is melted down for recycling.
Most recyclers ask you to sort glass containers by color—clear, green, or amber (golden brown). Once glass has been colored, the color cannot be removed. That means a maker of clear glass jars cannot use colored cullet. Why do some manufacturers package their foods and beverages in green or amber colored glass containers? The colored glass protects some sensitive foods and beverages from light.
You cannot recycle all glass products. Light bulbs, ceramics, glass mirrors, windowpanes, and dishes are not made with the same materials as glass jars and bottles, so they should not be mixed in with glass recyclables. Still, it’s the bottles and jars that we throw away every day, not the light bulbs and dishes, that make up most of our trash.