Let’s change our ways now to protect our planet and our future. Sarah Elliott
What Can I do About Global Warming? Take Action Now! Garbage, Garbage Everywhere! –Wisconsin Student’s Visit to a Landfill Video Are We Running Out of Landfill Space? The Facts About America’s Landfills Recycling and You Challenge Yourself How Long Does it Take to Decompose?
Scientists agree that the burning of fossil fuels is causing global warming. Since these fuels are burned for energy, and everyone uses energy, everyone can help stop global warming just by using less energy. Think about the things you do each day that use energy. You don’t have to wait until you are grown to do something about global warming.
Turn off the ‘s when you leave a room. Take shorter ‘s. Heating water uses a lot of energy. Plant a (or two). Wait until you have a lot of clothes to wash before using the. Click each picture to see how you can help.
Wisconsin Student's Visit to a Landfill Wisconsin Student's Visit to a Landfill www.eia.doe.gov (Please click on Visit a Landfill Video Link once you enter website above)
Are We Running Out of Landfill Space? The answer may surprise you. Click anywhere on the map
According to much-quoted statistics from the EPA, the number of landfills in the U.S. dropped from 7,924 in 1988 to 1,654 in 2005. While the number of landfills has declined, the landfill capacity has increased. Changing U.S. Landfill Numbers
Jars, bottles, Clear, green, amber Light bulbs, dishes, Pyrex, crystal Rinse, remove lids. Separate by color. Newspapers, boxes, egg cartons, phone books, white office paper Waxed, glued, plastic, or foil coated Keep clean and dry All aluminum – cans, pie pans, foil wrap, old windows, lawn furniture Rinse and crush Steel (tin) food cansRinse and Crush All plasticsCheck with your recycler Rinse Material CAN be recycled CAN’T be recycled HOW TO DO IT Glass Paper Aluminum Steel Plastics
Challenge Yourself Reduce Try to consume and throw away less Reuse The best form of recycling because the item does not have to be reprocessed Recycle Plastics, glass, aluminum, and paper can all be recycled Everyday, millions of pounds of trash are disposed of. Have you ever thought about what goes in the trash? Could it be recycled? Could it be burned through a burn pile? Or could it be reused in some way? Challenge yourself to become more aware of what you throw away. Think about the item you are about to throw away and decide if it can be reused or recycled rather than going to a dump.
2-4 Weeks : Banana Peel 3-5 Weeks : Newspaper 1-2 Years : Wool Cap 2-5 Years : Plastic Coated Paper Milk Cartons 10-20 Years : Cigarette Butts 20-30 Years : Leather Shoes 50-80 Years : Tin Cans 80-100 Years : Aluminum Cans 450 Years : Plastic 6 Pack Holder Ring 1 Million Years : Glass Bottles Forever : Plastic Bottles
Works Cited www.worldwise.com/biodegradable www.postcom.org/eco/facts.about.landfills. htm www.pewclimate.org www.eia.doe.gov/kids www.environmentaldefense.org www.google.com