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In today’s environment of busy schedules and numerous school activities, difficulty arises for families to recycle in their homes. For those who live in areas that provide curbside (single-stream) recycling, the routine of mixing all recyclable materials together in one bin becomes significantly easier than separating paper from plastic from metal cans, and well…you get the idea!

 

But even with curbside programs, depending on the layout of your house, recycling can still pose an inconvenience. Although we want to keep materials out of landfills, and be good stewards of natural resources, that doesn’t seem to come into play when you’re sitting on the couch after a long day, and there is some serious muscle aching going on. You finish the last of your soda, and sigh as you look at the plastic bottle in your hand. And then the internal battle begins:

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Did you know that the Plastic Bottle Institute developed a material-identification code system for plastic bottle manufactures (#1-#7) in 1988?

 

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When it comes to the world of recycling, with advancements in technology, and improvements in residential programs, questions naturally arise about what and how to recycle. While residents try to recycle, their questions about the program often remain unanswered, and they aren’t sure where to go for clarification. During Earth Month, 2015, we would like to give you the opportunity to take your recycling questions right to the experts.

 

How?

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When people talk about using less energy, the terms energy conservation and energy efficiency are probably mentioned. While these words are closely related, their meanings differ.

 

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Sustainability…the buzz word of 2006 that’s still buzzing. What is this term that’s come to define everything from reducing water usage to increasing business profit?

 

Look up the word sustainability online, and the descriptions that appear include jargon, hackneyed, misused, overused, and well…I think you get the picture.

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Recycled paper supplies more than 37% of the raw materials used to make new paper products in the U.S. Without recycling, this material would come from trees. Every ton of newsprint or mixed paper recycled is the equivalent of 12 trees. Every ton of office paper recycled is the equivalent of 24 trees.

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