May 15, 2012
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Through Kendal’s Environmental Concerns committee, residents share information about and encourage good stewardship of the environment. This piece on recycling appears in the May 2012 issue of The Kendalight.
Recycling reduces the: amount of land fill; need to use up natural resources; amount of energy spent to harvest resources; and amount of energy spent to transport resources.
Aluminum: An aluminum can can be recycled again and again. It can be back on the grocery shelf in 60-90 days. Recycling one can saves enough energy to run a TV for two hours.
Glass: Glass can be recycled repeatedly, saving 25-30% of the energy used to make the glass.
Paper: The amount of paper thrown away each year could heat 50 million homes for 20 years. If all Americans recycled just 1/10 of their newspapers, we would save about 25 million trees a year.
Plastics: Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour! Most are thrown away. Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.
Jerry B., for the Environmental Concerns Committee