Recycling on Earth Day and Every Day
Perhaps one of the easiest ways for consumers to help the environment is to recycle. In Connecticut recycling is mandatory. Everyone resident, business, and all private and public agencies and institutions MUST recycle. IT IS THE LAW!
Did you know that recycling one glass bottle saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours?
Or that Americans throw away enough steel every year to build all the new cars made in America? Tin cans are actually 99% steel with only a thin layer of tin to prevent rusting.
Then there's the ubiquitous plastic water bottle. Americans use 4 million plastic bottle every HOUR! But, only 1 in every 4 bottles is recycled.
According to Connecticut law the following items must be recycled:
- Glass Food and Beverage Containers
- Metal Food and Beverage Containers
- Corrugated Cardboard
- White Office Paper (businesses only - residences are exempt)
- Scrap Metal
- Ni-Cd Rechargeable Batteries (from consumer products)
- Waste Oil (crankcase oil)
- Storage Batteries (from motor vehicles)
- Leaves and grass clippings (check local ordinances)
Many of Connecticut's 169 towns also require that additional items be recycled.
- Plastic bottles with a number or on the bottom
- Paper cartons such as drink boxes, milk and juice cartons, and cereal and cracker boxes.
- Discarded mail
- Old magazines
Connecticut residents should check their local municipality website for recycle information specific to their location.
The City of Shelton's website provides full information on recycling a variety of household items including but not limited to motor oil, mattresses, paint, gas grills and refrigerators.
Why should you recycle? Well, besides the fact that it's the law, it prevents or reduces air and water pollution, conserves natural resources, and saves energy.
On this Earth Day 2010, educate yourself on your state's recycle rules and practices. Do your part in helping the environment.