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What are the 3Rs?


Every time people throw away an item it takes energy to make it again. Many of these items could take centuries to break down, harming the earth. 
By using the 3Rs: 
   Reduce                                                   
                                         Reuse
                                               Recycle

We can decrease the amount of waste we produce.

 
What is Reduce?

Reduce means cutting back on the amount of trash we make by buying less of the items we don't really need.

Example:
  • Using silverware instead of plastic ones.
  • Buying used clothes and goods.
  • Saving energy by drying clothes outside, turning of the lights after leaving a room, etc.


  


 
What is Reuse?

Reuse means finding a new way to use old items so that we don't have to throw it away.
    
Example:

  • Old T-shirts can make the best cleaning rags for wood and leather furniture.
  • Using jars to store beverages, leftover food or used as a vase.
  • Trading or selling used DVDs.

 


Fun Facts: 
   

  • You can earn money for recycling soda cans and plastic bottles.
  • Blue jeans can be recycled into home insulation.
  • Rubber tires can be recycled into flooring.
 

  What is Recycle?
Recycle means using trash to remake new goods that can be sold again. Communities have a variety of recycling programs, such as curbside pickup of recyclables, drop-off centers, and buy-back centers that pay you for valuable items.

     



Fun Facts:

  • New York City alone throws out enough garbage each day to fill the Empire State Building.
  • It takes 90% less energy to recycle an aluminum can than to make a new one.
  • Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.

 What can you Recycle?

Paper

In the United States we cut down 4 billion trees a year to make paper products, such as newspapers, packaging, junk mail, toilet paper, boxes, among other things. When the trees are cut down, they are turned into wood chips, which are then mixed with chemicals and water to make pulp. The pulp is then spread out on a moving screen to make a thin layer of fibers. When the layer of fibers dries, it becomes paper.

Great News!!! Old paper can be turned back into pulp and made into new recycled paper, using less energy than it takes to produce new paper from raw material.

Glass

It takes lime, soda ash, and silica sand to make glass. When glass is thrown away it takes about 3,000 years to biodegrade (eaten away by sun, rain, wind and microorganisms) at a landfill.

Great News!!! It takes much less energy and creates less pollution to make new glass. The sand, lime and soda ash don't have to be dug again, which would waste precious natural resources.

Metals

Types of metals, such as aluminum, steel, and tin are mined from the ground, which can easily damage the local landscape and create water and air pollution.

To make a can a mineral called bauxite is mixed with soda ash and lime, and put under pressure, heated and poured into molds to make cans. When cans are not recycled, it could take up 500 years to biodegrade at a landfill.

Great News!!! Like glass bottles, cans can be recycled and used to make new cans.

Plastic

Plastics are made from chemicals, many of which are made of fossil fuels such as oil. A big problem with plastic is that it doesn't biodegrade. It can last forever! That's why it is very important to recycle plastic so it can be turn into new plastic products.

Great News!!!
Recycling plastic saves natural resources such as oil and prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of plastic.
 
 
 
 
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