Recycle- (re-sy-kul) The act of recycling!
The average American, including us here in Colorado, uses in excess of 2,300 plastic,
aluminum and glass containers per year. Americans threw away 38 billion plastic water bottles in
2006. This does not include milk cartons, laundry detergent containers, oil cans, window solvents,
as well as many other recyclables like phone books, newspapers, and magazines. This is personal use,
and in general it can exceed 1,000 lbs of recyclable waste per year per person. Clearly each person
has the choice to promote sustainability just by pledging to recycle!
You can refer to the
page for many more recycling facts!
Buying recycled product is another great way
to close the loop! In purchasing these products we create a much higher demand, which can in turn lower prices
and drive the supply higher. With each purchase you make you can be rest assured that your recycling efforts
will not be in vain!
A final way to help change your recyclable consumption policies is to get involved in the local and state levels with
your representatives. Ask them for tax breaks for companies who buy recyclables as well as pushing for a
here in Colorado. With years of experience, I honestly believe that
to truly take the next step at closing the recycling loop, we as Coloradoans must understand that bringing a full facility
closer to home will and can make all the difference! Take action,
call to your Senators, Congress and Representatives and push for a new state facility!
Other ways you can be green in your community: