Presenting 10 recycling face you need to know. For all your waste management needs, contact Panda Environmental!
Recycling has been part of our vocabulary for so long, it's easy to forget what it actually means. From Conserve Energy Future, recycling is "a process to create new items from old and used materials. This helps in reducing energy and potentially useful materials from being wasted."
Aluminum cans are probably the most recycled item, and the turnaround is actually pretty quick. Pop or beer cans, for example, can be recycled and put back onto the shelf at your local grocery store in just about 2 months. Conversely, aluminum can stay in that can form for up to 500 years or more if you just toss them away.
Recycling aluminum products can save a great deal of energy - enough to run your home television for about three hours!
4000 years, in fact! Like aluminum, we can keep recycling glass over and over without a drop in quality. Recycling glass not only eliminates glass objects in landfills that threaten the environment but also reduces air and water pollution.
At this point, you may be wondering how recycling actually saves energy. According to the American Geosciences Institute, "extracting and processing raw resources (wood, oil, ore) to make usable materials (paper, plastic, metal) requires a lot of energy. Recycling often saves energy because the products being recycled usually require much less processing to turn them into usable materials."
Do you read the newspaper? Half a million trees are cut down just to produce the Sunday newspapers each week. Recycling a single day's worth of the New York Times could save 75,000 trees or more. If we recycled all newspapers, we could save over 250 million trees each and every year.
Nearly 700 species of marine animals are threatened by plastic waste that has found its way to the ocean. For more interesting recycling facts, check this visual from Waste Reduction Week in Canada:
Unfortunately, plastic recycling stats in Canada are offputting at best.
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A recent CBC News report explained that contamination is the "technical name for non-recyclable material or garbage in the recycling system, from leftover food in containers to non-recyclable plastic packaging to more obvious garbage such as clothing and propane tanks." Even a few spoonfuls of peanut butter left in a jar can contaminate a tonne of paper and make it unmarketable, therefore leading it all to the dump. Same for that glob of yogurt left in the bottom of the container!
Second Harvest and Value Chain Management International released the Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste report in January, and it found that 58 percent of food produced in this country, about 35.5 million tonnes, is lost or wasted each year. If we composted all of that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road. Click here to learn more about composting.
For every one million cell phones that are recycled, 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. For those not familiar with palladium, it’s a precious metal used for making electrical contacts, as well as surgical instruments and parts for watches. Unfortunately, only 12.5 percent of e-waste is recycled, according to the EPA. Click here for 5 options for electronics waste removal.
Recycling old cell phones can make a world of difference.
Panda Environmental has strived to be a leader in responsible waste management and recycling solutions across Ontario for over 15 years. We are able to service all of your business's waste and recycling handling needs, including hazardous waste.