Five important reasons why Americans should recycle
- Recycling saves natural resources
- Recycling saves energy
- Recycling saves clean air and water
- Recycling saves landfill space
- Recycling saves money and creates jobs
What do the 3 chasing arrows mean?
- Buy Recycled
To Market, To Market…
Most Americans help the recycling effort by putting materials in their recycling bin or at a drop-off center. Today, approximately 28% of our trash is recovered annually for recycling (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1999). Where do these millions of pounds of recyclables go after collection? Manufacturers use them to make new products—recycling's second step. The third and final step returns the new products to the marketplace. This step is one that YOU need to support if recycling is to play a successful role in managing our country's solid waste.
What Should I Buy Recycled?
You "close the loop" when you buy items or packaging made from recycled materials. They have now come full-circle: from bag or bin to a manufacturer, to the store shelf, and back to your home. After using the item, you can start the loop again by saving it for the local recycling program. When you buy recycled, markets are created and manufacturers will respond by continuing to use recyclables in their products. Without informed consumers and a ready market for products made from recycled materials, local recycling programs will become more costly and fewer recyclables may be collected and processed. More reusable materials will end up in landfills, and communities will need to deal with an increased amount of garbage.
How Do I Find Products Made from Recycled Material?
Products and packaging made from recycled matter are everywhere—in stores that sell groceries, office supplies, auto parts and everything in between. Recyclables are transformed into an amazing variety of new products. Plastic milk jugs return to yards and parks as plastic lumber and picnic tables. Steel food cans return to the hardware store as nails and screws; newspapers become egg cartons. There's no limit to the things that can be made from recyclables.
These four materials always have a significant amount of recycled content even though many such products are not labeled "recycled".
- Steel- including food cans, cars, appliances, bicycles, furniture, nails. anything made with steel
- Aluminum- including beverage cans, cat food cans
- Glass bottles and jars
- Molded pulp containers, including gray cardboard egg cartons, fruit trays and flower boxes
Read the Label
These products may not be made with any recycled content, so be sure to read the labels. Look for the highest percentage of “post consumer recycled content” available.
- Paper Products- cereal, cake mix, tissue, paper towels, writing paper, and other office products
- Plastic Bottles- laundry detergent, dishwashing liquids, shampoos and household cleaners
- Other products made from recycled materials include: motor oil, carpet, shoes, pencils, tiles, clothing and insulation.
Pre-Consumer and Post-Consumer
"Pre-consumer" waste is also known as "manufacturing waste" and includes any scraps, trimmings, over-runs, etc. from the manufacturing process. "Post-consumer" is waste product or other material that has served its intended use and has been discarded and then collected for recycling.
Keep Beatrice Beautiful has a "Close the Loop Education Kit" which can be checked out. Contact KBB for details.