By: Amber Day
When it comes to recycling, my colleagues would probably refer to me as a “crazy person.” I try to recycle and/or reuse everything that I can. Pulling items out of the kitchen trash can, saving items just to take them home to make sure they are recycled properly and even reusing unwanted documents as scrap paper for notes. It is something I am truly passionate about so trying to convince the non-recyclers how important it is to reduce our carbon footprint is something I practice often. Often my attempts to portray the importance and significance of recycling can get lost. I came across the Spring 2015 edition of “Recycler” which is a publication for Camden County residents that talks about the great, green things that are going on in my neighborhood from new parks, recycling/shredding events, improvements, suggestions, etc. I read an article titled, “Why We Recycle” which really caught my attention. The first page showed the following facts about how much Camden County recycled in 2014:
- 18,078 tons of paper
- 8,744 tons of glass
- 5,392 tons of cardboard
- 2,220 tons of plastic
- 272 tons of aluminum
We can read statistics like this all day long and not really understand the relation to our everyday lives. Then you turn the page and you can see the correlation between recycling and well, life. The below jaw-dropping facts put recycling into perspective as to why it is so important:
- Directly created 73 jobs.
- Prevented 106,636 metric tons of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases from being produced, which is like removing 19,530 cars form the road.
- Saved 47,243 cubic yards of landfill space.
- Saved $2,854,404 in solid waste disposal fees.
- Generated $517,956 in revenues for municipalities throughout Camden County.
With our country’s issues of unemployment, depleting landfill space, attempts to preserve open land, Global warming, budget restrictions and many more, the above information shows us just how rewarding recycling can be not only for the environment, but for each and every one of us. And that is just one county’s results!
I hope this inspires you to start or even increase the recycling efforts in your community!
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