We make choices every day that affect our environment and the world we live in. Between our homes, businesses, and public places; we make choices about how to dispose of products we don’t use anymore. Sometimes we find the closest trash can, sometimes we seek out a recycle bin. Hopefully, as a society, we’ve begun to turn the corner in understanding the importance of recycling our unusables instead of always defaulting to the trash bin.
Recycling is important to reduce the waste we generate and reduce any negative impacts of that waste. It’s not just about the volume of trash accumulating; it’s the type of trash that can be concerning. Electronics, light bulbs, batteries, and other products that contain hazardous chemicals and other ingredients that need special care in disposal. Choosing to recycle these items with companies and organizations that have industry knowledge about the best practice in disposal is the best ‘green’ choice you can make.
Beyond the more difficult and specific products, there are the numerous easy recyclables that take little to no effort to sort and dispose of properly. Glass, Cans, Cardboard, and Paper; all items that are generally accepted at recycling facilities. Each time you reduce, reuse, recycle and buy recycled-content products, your efforts benefit our world and our economy.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Recycling 15 glass bottles saves enough energy to power a laptop for 31.3 hours or run the Air Conditioning for 1 hour?
- Recycled paper production creates 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution that non-recycled paper production.
- 20 recycled cans can be made with the energy needed to produce 1 new can.
- Every pound of recycled plastic used reduces energy use in plastic production 84% and greenhouse gas emissions by 71%.
- In a lifetime, the average American will throw away 600 times their adult weight in garbage.
How can you help? Purchase products made with recycled materials and buy items with less packaging. Continue to bring reusable bags when possible and buy only what you need. Take the extra time to remove from paper mailing lists and don’t throw away anything that can be reused or repaired. Create a bin/box to place unused or unwanted items, especially electronics. When the bin is full, donate it to a charitable organization!
Document Destruction is committed to recycling ALL of their shredded material. We understand the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling everyday products, especially paper! All of our shredded material is responsibly recycled. If you or your business have excess sensitive paper, call Document Destruction, serving Cincinnati, Dayton, and Lexington. We’ll shred your paper on-site.
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