Did you know that on average, each person in America adds 4.6 pounds of trash to landfills each day? This adds up to 32.2 pounds of trash a week, 128.8 pounds of trash a month, and 1,545.6 pounds of trash a year—just from one person! 120,247.68 pounds of trash will have been deposited in landfills if each individual lives to his or her full life expectancy. By recycling some of this waste, citizens can save energy, preserve resources, and protect the environment for tomorrow’s children and grandchildren. Check out the National Recycling Coalition for more information.
Michigan has its own recycling coalition to support efforts at the state level, and local initiatives include the Monroe County Solid Waste program that oversees the recycling drop-off centers for a variety of waste.
Don’t recycle? Don’t fret. It is never too late to start.
Try these sites for more information:
Check out these great resources about recycling at your Monroe County Library System:
Recycling by Charlotte Wilcox
Describes how plastic bottles, manure and sewage, electronics, tires, and garbage are recycled into useful materials.
Where Does the Garbage Go? by Paul Showers
Explains how people create too much waste and how waste is now recycled and put into landfills.
Recycling by Gary Chandler and Kevin Graham
Presents an overview of recycling processes and describes how recycled plastic, paper, fibers, and other materials can be used to create all kinds of new products.
Junk Busters: 201 Amazing Ways To Use Old Stuff for a Simply Spectacular Yard & Garden! by Jerry Baker
How can yards and gardens benefit from recycling?
Don't Throw It Out by Lori Baird
How to recycle, renew, and reuse to make things last.
50 Simple Things You Can Do To Save the Earth byJohn Javna, Sophie Javna, and Jesse Javna
Documents how citizens can conserve natural resources. Updated for the 21st century.
Alternacrafts by Jessica Vitkus
20+ hi-style lo-budget projects to make
How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: 365 Simple Ways to Save Energy, Resources, and Money by Joanna Yarrow
How to conserve resources and minimize waste in order to leave behind as little as possible that will impact the earth’s environment.