Happy America Recycles Day
November 14, 2014.
November 15 Is America Recycles Day.
Since 1997, America Recycles Day has informed millions of Americans about the importance of recycling and buying products made from recycled materials.
In the era of human-caused climate change, recycling is more important than ever. In most cases recycling uses less energy and produces less pollution than making things from scratch. Examples of greenhouse gas emissions savings include:
- Making aluminum cans from old ones uses 1/12 of the energy when compared to making them from raw materials.
- For glass bottles, 315kg of CO2 is saved per ton of glass recycled after taking into account the transportation and processing requirements
- Making bags from recycled polythene takes 1/3 the Sulphur Dioxide and half the Nitrous Oxide, when compared to than making them from scratch.
In addition to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, recycling reduces costs to businesses and creates jobs. The American recycling and reuse industry is a $200 billion dollar enterprise that includes more than 50,000 recycling and reuse establishments, employs more than 1 million people, and generates an annual payroll of approximately $37 billion.
More good news is that the recycling rate continues to increase. The rate of composting and recycling in the United States rose from 7.7 percent of the waste stream in 1960 to 17 percent in 1990. The current recycling rate is 34.5%. Recycling helps to conserve natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. According to the EPA, recycling one ton of aluminum cans saves the energy equivalent of 36 barrels of oil or 1,655 gallons of gasoline!
We’re big on recycling at ClimateStore. Our office recycles more than half of the waste we create and we make a conscious effort to reuse scrap paper and recycle e-waste properly. We also focus on selling products that won’t end up in a landfill by making sure that most items are either recyclable at the end of life or can be repaired and donated.
We thank the leadership of “America Recycles Day” for illustrating how we can all help create a more sustainable world!