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Recycling Saves Energy

January 3rd, 2013

Recycling not only reduces the strain on your local landfill, it also helps lower energy costs for manufacturers. When manufacturers use post-consumer recycled materials, they can save big on the energy it takes to produce their product. When they pass those savings on to consumers, everybody wins.
Before tossing out these materials, consider this:
Aluminum can be recycled over and over again without degrading. Manufacturers that use recycled aluminum can save over 95 of the energy required to create the same product from raw materials. An aluminum can that goes in your recycling bin can be processed and back on the grocery store shelf in as little as 60 days. The energy savings from recycling aluminum cans in 2006 was the equivalent of 15 million barrels of crude oil. That’s as much as the entire country uses in a day. Recycle your aluminum cans and foil every time.
Plastic recycling uses only 10 of the energy as processing raw materials. There are seven different types of recyclable plastic in consumer products today. Check the labels to see if your plastics are recyclable. Recycling one ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space. Where possible, choose reusable alternatives, such as cloth grocery bags or bring your own coffee mug or drinking glass to work and forgo the Styrofoam cups.
Paper recycling saves energy and trees. In a time when greenhouse gas emissions clog the atmosphere and warm the planet at an alarming rate, we need all the carbon sinks we can get. Trees are a perfect carbon sink. Not only to they absorb all that extra CO2 in the atmosphere, but they produce oxygen, helping everyone to breathe easier. Recycling your paper products helps to reduce deforestation and preserve natural carbon sinks. Eighty-seven percent of Americans have access to local paper recycling programs. Start participating in yours today.
Glass recycling saves about 30 of the energy cost from processing raw materials. Reusing your glass containers is the greenest alternative as it costs nothing to repurpose a glass jar or bottle. Glass in a landfill will take one million years to break down, so recycling is the best choice if you can’t reuse your glass.

When you’re shopping for a low rate on energy for your home or business at, remember that your recycling efforts help to keep energy costs low through energy conservation.

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