15 Facts for America Recycles Day on November 15
Our industry is a huge proponent of recycling. In fact, many pallet manufacturers and suppliers have become very efficient in diverting pallets away from landfills through recovery, reuse, and repurposing.
Of course, wood is just one of many materials that can be recycled. That is why we like to call attention to “America Recycles Day,” which occurs each year on November 15. Its intent is to create awareness for and encourage Americans to recycle and buy recycled products.
In honor of this initiative, we have compiled 15 Facts concerning recycling, courtesy of iwanttoberecycled.org.
- You do not need to thoroughly rinse shampoo, body wash, and other bottles before recycling. Just empty the contents, replace the cap, and recycle.
- It is not necessary to remove staples, labels, or stickers from paper products. This material is removed during the recycling process.
- Plastic pumps in bottles (e.g. lotion) are not yet recyclable. Empty the contents, discard the pump, and recycle the bottle.
- Every ton of paper recovered for recycling saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
- An aluminum can’s journey from the recycling bin through the recycling process and back to store shelves takes less than 60 days.
- Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 30 minutes or a TV for 20 minutes.
- Foam products such as cups, take-out containers, and egg cartons can be recycled into picture frames to showcase your favorite photographs.
- Food scraps currently make up 14% of the materials sent to landfills annually. Recycling/composting your food scraps saves space at a landfill and the material can be used as a soil additive.
- Compost improves soil health and structure; increases drought resistance; and reduces the need for water, fertilizers, and other pesticides.
- Sandwich bags (with or without zipper) can be recycled along with other plastic bags.
- There are more than 15,000 locations nationwide, primarily major grocery and retail chains, where you can take your plastic bags to be recycled.
- More than 4.4 million tons of electronic equipment in the U.S. are recycled each year.
- Electronics contain valuable precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, palladium, copper, tin, and zinc. These are recovered and used in a number of ways including jewelry, plating, new electronics, and automotive parts.
- Speaking of cars, the automobile is the most recycled consumer product in the world. Nearly all cars around the world are recovered for recycling.
- Steel is the most recycled material in North America. Each year, more steel is recycled than aluminum, paper, glass, and plastic combined!
We encourage you to visit the National Recycling Coalition for more information on how you can become involved in the process and educate others about the importance of and need for America to Recycle.