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1 Recycling is The Right Thing to Do! Use as raw materials for new products.Saves energy & reduces greenhouse gases.

2 Waste Composition per EPA Source: EPA Website

3 Disposal of Municipal Solid Waste 3 Sources of MSW  Residential.  Businesses.  Institutions. How Waste is Handled. Source: EPA Website 54% Landfill 32% Recycled 14% Incinerate

4 #1. Recycling Conserves Landfill Space  Recycling diverts materials from landfills.  Forest View Landfill in KCK closed  Only 3 landfills remain open in metropolitan area. Forest View Landfill Closed in KCK

5 Recycling Materials Saves Landfill Space  1 Ton Plastic saves 30 cubic yards.  1 Ton Aluminum saves 10 cubic yards.  1 Ton Paper saves 3-4 cubic yards.  1 Ton Steel Saves 4 cubic yards. (Source: EPA as per Denver, Colo. Website)

6 Challenges with New Landfills  Difficult to open.  Not In My Back Yard.  It can take up to 10 years to get a new landfill permitted.

7 What Happens Without a New Landfill?  Trash would need to be trucked out of area.  Price for trash disposal would increase significantly.  Recycling gives a financially reasonable option.

8 #2. Recycling Turns Trash Into Raw Materials.  Recycling recovers materials to be used as raw materials for new products.  U.S.A. throws away $3-4 billion of paper products each year. (Source: Pete Grogan, Weyerhaeuser Recycling, March 2007)

9 Recycling Paper & Paper Products Helps Create  Newspapers  Food Packages  Insulation  Gypsum Wallboard  Fertilizer bags  Mulch  Counter Tops

10 Recycling Plastics Helps Create  Carpeting  T-Shirts  Coats  Bottles  Lumber  Picnic Tables  Park Benches  Car Stops & Bumpers  Dock Bumpers

11 Recycling Aluminum Helps Create  Cans  Pie Pans  House Siding  Small Appliances  Lawn Furniture

12 #3. Recycling Conserves Natural Resources & Energy One Ton of Paper Saves:  17 Trees  6,953 gallons water  463 gallons of oil  587 lbs air pollution  4,077 kilowatt hrs. of energy (Source: Weyerhaeuser Recycling) Source EPA Website

13 Recycling Saves Trees Which Clean the Air  Trees take carbon dioxide out of and put oxygen into the air.  40 trees remove 80 lbs. of pollutants annually.  Trees foliage reduces pollutants as ozone, nitrogen oxide, ammonia & sulfur dioxides. (Source: Alliance for Community Trees Website)

14 #4. Recycling Saves Energy & Reduces Green House Gases  Using recycled materials cuts down on energy use.  Much of energy is produced with fossil fuels of coal, gas, and diesel.  These fuels produce green house gases & impacts our air quality.

15 Aluminum Recycling Reduces Sulfur Dioxide To produce 1 ton of aluminum:  8 BTU’s energy using recycled aluminum.  229 BTU energy using bauxite ore.  With bauxite ore use over 28 times as much energy.  Reduces the gas sulfur dioxide, which helps to cause acid rain. (Source EPA and KDHE websites)

16 #5. Recycling Has an Economic Impact  Collect Items that would have become trash.  Process & use as raw material to make a new product.  Purchase of products with recycled content.

17 Recycling Direct Economic Activity Results of 2001 Study  56,061 businesses.  1,121,804 people employed.  $36.7 billion annual payroll.  $236.3 billion in annual revenues. (Source: R.W. Beck Inc. study done for The National Recycling Coalition July 2001)

18 Recycling is the Right Thing to Do! Reduces Land filling & recyclables used as raw materials.Conserves natural resources & energy. Saves energy & reduces greenhouse gases.Generates businesses & jobs.


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