The CCH Environmental Group conducts awareness programs for its citizens to provide current information on recycling, litter prevention and waste reduction. Through the uses of a variety of media outlets including social networking sites like Facebook and through billboards, press releases and education programs, we work to create an environmentally sustainable community. Listed below are facts about recycling along with helpful hints and tips to help you become more aware of recycling programs and environmental concerns.
Recycling makes sense, the concept is simple: recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. Collecting used bottles, cans, and newspapers and taking them to the curb or to a collection bin is just the first in a chain of events that generates a host of financial, environmental, and social returns. Some of these benefits accrue locally as well as globally. The overwhelming conclusion is that recycling boosts the economy, conserves natural resources, and reduces solid waste.
Benefits of recycling:
The economic and environmental benefits of recycling have positive societal impacts both today and in the future. Job creation, pollution prevention, and energy conservation all serve to improve our quality of life. If we do not recycle, the repercussions will fall on future generations. Our children and grandchildren will inherit the legacy of virgin production and throw-away consumption. Instead of leaving future generations a depleted natural resource base and more waste in landfills (landfills that incur ongoing costs for monitoring and maintenance) we can leave a stronger economy, greater biodiversity, and less global warming by recognizing the value of recycling and passing this knowledge on to our children.
Put simply, it just makes good sense to mine the waste stream not the forest. Take these examples into consideration:
Many of us help the recycling effort by collecting materials and placing them in a recycling bin. But some people don’t realize that another important step to keep recycling working is to buy products made from recycled content materials.
Recycling is more than just separation and collection of materials from our trash. These materials must be made into a usable product, and these products must be purchased to keep the cycle in motion.
As consumers, we are ultimately responsible for the Earth’s natural resources and the environment. By purchasing recycled content products you are doing your part to help maintain market demand for recyclables and ensure the continuation of our recycling programs. If consumers purchase more products with recycled content, manufacturers will continue to use it in their products and expand the usage into even more products.
Do you know why the recycling symbol has three chasing arrows? Each arrow represents one step in the three-step process that completes the recycling loop.
The recycling symbol does not necessarily mean that a product is made with recycled content or that it can be recycled in your community. It may just be there as a reminder for you to recycle. So read the label carefully for specific information on recycled content and know what you can and can’t recycle in your community.
Approximately 1650 pounds of waste is produced per person every year. Regardless of whether we recycle or not, we still produce the same amount of waste. The graphic to the right shows which waste make up municipal waste stream.
Recycling preserves natural resources and space in our landfills. Reducing your waste is even more important than recycling. Use the following tips to help you reduce your waste.
You can stop unwanted mail from being delivered to your home. Billions of dollars is spent mailing out junk mail to the general public. By requesting that your name be removed from national advertising lists you can stop a very large portion of junk mail to your address.
Just send your name, address, and zip code (in writing) to the address listed below. Be sure to include all the variations in the spelling of your name and formats including “Resident/Occupant” for your address. Send this information to:
Mail Preference Service
Direct Marketing Association
P. O. Box 9008
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008
Phone: (212) 678-7277
Also ask any organizations that you belong to or donate money, to remove your name trade with other organizations. Don’t forget the companies where you order catalogs.
Most office workers throw away more than one pound of recyclables every day. Increasingly we are aware that this practice does not make either economic or environmental sense. Check out these waste watcher tips:
Utilizing Old Printing:
If your company is switching addresses, don’t throw out your old letterhead, business cards, or brochures just yet. Here are some tips:
Breakroom, Cafeteria, and Restroom:
Set up a Reusable Cabinet:
The CCH Environmental Group will work with local businesses to create a waste audit. A waste assessment is simply an analysis of materials that are discarded. Once a business is familiar with the types and volumes of waste produced, it can then determine which materials are economical to recycle and which can be eliminated entirely. We can also provide information on efficient internal systems to collect the recyclable materials, and a listing of local businesses that provide recycling services.