Yearly Totals – How We are making a Difference!
- December 31, 2017
Thanks to the efforts of all our employees, a whopping 19 tons of recyclable material was collected last year and did not end up in our landfills. That’s pretty impressive! The breakdown of recyclable weights are listed below.
CARDBOARD: 15 tons. For every ton (2,000 pounds) of cardboard that we recycle, we saved nine cubic yards of landfill space.
OFFICE PAPER: 2.6 tons. Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, nine cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water. So keep in mind: Reduce the amount of paper, Reuse paper whenever possible (paper has two sides!) and always recycle! When you buy paper look for 100% post-consumer recycled paper to support your efforts.
ALUMINUM CANS: 27 pounds. Recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to run your television for three hours!
PLASTIC BOTTLES: 71 pounds. The average time for a plastic bottle to completely degrade is at least 450 years. That’s a long time for even the smallest bottle.
MAGAZINES: 1,433 pounds. Recycled magazines, including catalogs, are used to make newsprint, paperboard, tissue, stationery and copy and printer paper.
Alternative Recycling Option: Consider giving magazines a second life by donating them to your local hospital, library, elementary school, medical office or coin-operated laundry.