My guy and I like to recycle whenever possible, so we make regular trips to our local waste management site. On our last visit I took along the camera to snap some shots and hopefully remind everyone of why it is important to think before you dispose of anything. I got some neat pics while we were there, so I'm officially kicking off:
Up first: Plastic Bottles
Americans throw away 35 billion plastic bottles every year, but what they don't realize is that it can take up to 1000 years for plastic to degrade in a landfill. Recycling plastic, on the other hand, offers all sorts of benefits. Recycling one ton of plastic saves 30 cubic yards of landfill space, 685 gallons of oil, 5,774 kWh of electricty and 98 million BTUs of energy.
You can make one simple, positive change by eliminating disposable plastic water bottles from your household and using instead reusable water bottles filled with tap water (we put a carbon filter on our pump to eliminate the "well water" taste, and there are other filtering products should you have tap water taste problems.) This one change can prevent the waste of at least 100 plastic bottles per person per year.