Reasons to Recycle
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According to Waste Online, 1.2 tons of raw materials are conserved for every ton of recycled glass. After taking into account transport and processing needed to recycle glass, nearly 700 pounds of carbon dioxide is saved per ton of glass melted for the purposes of making bottles and jars.
The Glass Packaging Institute states recycled glass uses only two-thirds the energy needed to manufacture glass from raw materials Recycled glass isn't just used for making more bottles - it can be turned into fiberglass (which is also used in house insulation), and as a component of bricks; requiring less energy to create the bricks and as the product is lighter, less energy is used in transport. Glass can be recycled indefinitely.
The Department of Energy states that a ton of paper made from recycled fibers conserves 7,000 gallons of water, up to 31 trees, 4,000 KWh of electricity and up to 60 pounds of air pollutants (not including carbon dioxide). Overall, recycling paper uses about 60% less energy than making paper from new materials.
For more information on recycling, visit the Green Living Tips website.