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Let’s Care of the Environment on America Recycles Day

Let’s Care of the Environment on America Recycles Day

Let’s go green on America Recycles Day.

America Recycles Day is a national initiative that encourages every citizen throughout the country to improve their recycling efforts. In addition to increasing rates of recycling, another major goal of this month is to educate the public about the environmental and economic positives associated with improving our recycling efforts. Here are some of the things that are important for us to know about recycling on America Recycles Day.

  • Americans produce more than 200 million tons of garbage annually.
  • The EPA estimates that while 75% of trash produced in the U.S. can be recycled, we are only recycling about 30% of it.
  • 1 million tons of food waste are generated annually. If we composted that waste, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions would be the equivalent of taking 2 million cars off the road.
  • Estimates from the Container Recycling Institute state that the 36 billion aluminum cans landfilled last year have a recycling value of over $600 million.
  • An aluminum can remain in a landfill for over 500 years. When recycled, an aluminum can will be put back on a store shelf in as little as two months.
  • Over 87% of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs.
  • Recycling a single day’s worth of the New York Times could save over 750,000 trees.
  • If Americans recycled every newspaper they received throughout the year, we could save over 250 million trees.

These are just a few of the most shocking facts about recycling in the U.S. Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we step up our recycling efforts this America Recycles Day. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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