Getting Back To Basics. Recycling is really just common sense, and until the “modern era,” it was a common household activity

Getting Back To Basics.
Recycling is really just common sense, and until the “modern era,” it was a common household activity. Before the 1920s, 70% of U.S. cities ran programs to recycle certain materials. During World War II, industry recycled and reused about 25% of the waste stream. Because of concern for the environment, recycling is again on the upswing. The nation’s composting and recycling rate rose from 7.7% of the waste stream in 1960 to 17% in 1990. It’s currently up to around 30%.

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Recycling a single aluminum can provides enough energy to power a television for three hours.

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Recycling a single aluminum can provides
enough energy to power a television for three hours.

That same amount of energy could light a 100 watt bulb for 4 hours. Recycling all the aluminum cans that were produced in 2002 would have conserved an amount of energy equal to over 30 million barrels of crude oil! If you throw a can in the trash, that’s the equivalent of filling that can halfway with gasoline, and then pouring it all out.

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