Recycling & Waste Management
Recycling is one of the easiest, most effective, and most rewarding challenges you can take on in your school! Recycling paper, for example, can save vast proportions of landfill space considering the fact it constitutes 40% of the waste we generate, according to the EPA
. And that’s only paper—think of how much waste we generate by other means. The EPA
estimates that 14 million tons of plastic, 13.2 million tons of glass, and 2 million tons of aluminum waste were produced in 2006. Imagine the recycling potential for 29.2 million tons of non-paper products! Recycling aluminum alone can save 95% of the energy needed to produce it in the first place.
But, these are just items we normally think of when we think of recycling. Computers and electronics
can also be recycled, along with hazardous waste
, batteries, and organic materials
such as scrap food and lawn trimmings.
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There are many more opportunities to recycle than there were just 10 years ago. But, if you’re like most Americans, you might not know where to start! Have you ever wondered if you can recycle certain bottles that aren’t soda bottles? Or, what are the differences in the grades of paper? How do you start a recycling program in your school?
We got the answers that you need! Here’s a peek of what the different sections of this chapter offer. Click on a link here or in the toolbar to get the full scoop!
1. UPLOAD KNOWLEDGE—
2. TAKE SOME ACTION—
3. GO THE EXTRA MILE—