Recycling is Important
Did you Know
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV or computer for 3 hours?
A recycled aluminum can may be back on store shelves in 60 days using 95% less energy to manufacture.
Paper mills use 40% less energy to make paper from recycled paper instead of virgin timbers.
Using 50% recycled glass to make new glass containers would save enough energy to power 21,978 homes for one year and remove 181,550 tons of waste from landfills every month.
The US steel industry's annual recycling saves the equivalent energy to electrically power about 18 million households for a year.
A ton of paper made from recycled fibers conserves 7000 gallons of water.
Extraction of virgin raw materials & manufacturing them into products uses quite a bit of water. Recycling reduces the need for materials from virgin sources and therefore reduces water use.
Using recycle materials in manufacturing new products typically reduces aire and water pollution compared to using virgin materials in the process.
About Our School
- If we used Styrofoam trays everyday we would have 5,400 bags a trash just in the cafeteria alone in a school year.
- If we used washable trays everyday we would only throw away 3,600 bags of trash in a year. That would put 1,800 less trash bags in our landfills.
- If we start composting and recycling in our lunchroom we could drastically lessen the amount of trash.
- A football field is 5,333 square yards. Our school fills up an area in a landfill the size of a football field every year.