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1 Corporate Leadership Through Sustainability Initiatives Sustainability for business means making responsible decisions today that will have positive effects for the future allowing future generations to have access to the same resources and environmental benefits that we enjoy today. Reducing waste and recycling is good for the environment and is a prime example of corporate leadership and environmental stewardship

2 ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF RECYCLING Americans represent only 5% of the world’s populations, but generate 30% of the world’s garbage. In a lifetime, the average American will throw away 600 times his or her adult weight in garbage. If you add it up, this means that a 150 pound adult will leave a legacy of 90,000 pounds of trash for his or her children. Of the garbage Americans throw out, half could be recycled. That’s enough to fill a football stadium from top to bottom every day.

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4 Energy Savings with Recycled vs. Virgin 95% energy savings; recycling of one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours (Reynolds Metal Company) Environmental Impact with Recycled vs. Virgin Reduces pollution by 95%, (Reynolds Metal Co.) Natural Resource Savings with Recycled vs. Virgin 4 lbs. of bauxite saved for every pound of aluminum recycled (Reynolds Metal Co Enough aluminum is thrown away to rebuild our commercial air fleet 4 times every year ALUMINUM

5 Energy Savings with Recycled vs. Virgin 50% energy savings (Center for Ecological Technology); recycling of one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours (EPA) Environmental Impact with Recycled vs. Virgin 20% less air pollution; 50% less water pollution (NASA ) Natural Resource Savings with Recycled vs. Virgin 1 ton of glass made from 50% recycled materials saves 250 lbs. of mining waste (EPA) Glass can be reused an infinite number of times; over 41 billion glass containers are made each year (EPA) GLASS

6 Energy Savings with Recycled vs. Virgin Materials 60% energy savings (Center for Ecological Technology) Environmental Impact with Recycled vs. Virgin Natural Resource Savings with Recycled vs. Virgin Recycling of each ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water (EPA) Every year enough paper is thrown away to make a 12' wall from New York to California PAPER

7 Energy Savings with Recycled vs. Virgin Materials Plastic milk containers are now only half the weight that they were in 1960 (EPA) Environmental Impact with Recycled vs. Virgin Why Recycle? Every ton of plastic bottles recycled saves about 3.8 barrels of oil (American Chemistry Council). Recycled plastic bottles are used to make hundreds of everyday products, ranging from fleece jackets and carpeting to detergent bottles and lumber for outdoor decking. Natural Resource Savings with Recycled vs. Virgin If we recycled every plastic bottle we used, we would keep 2 billion tons of plastic out of landfills (Penn State) PLASTIC

8 Energy Savings with Recycled vs. Virgin Materials 74% energy savings; every pound of steel being recycled saves enough energy to light a 60-watt bulb for 24 hours (Penn State) Environmental Impact with Recycled vs. Virgin Why Recycle? Every year we create 11.5 million tons of ferrous wastes (Steel Recycling Institute) Natural Resource Savings with Recycled vs. Virgin One ton of recycled steel saves 2,500 lbs. of ore, 1000 lbs. coal, and 40 lbs. limestone (Center for Ecological Technology) Enough iron & steel is discarded in the US to continually supply the nation's automakers (Steel Recycling Institute) STEEL

9 Instills Employee Pride Employees feel good about having a positive impact on the environment, being recognized and rewarded for their cost reduction and waste reduction efforts, and working for a socially responsible company. Attract the best of the best! Many employees who are knowledgeable and experts in their fields are also socially responsible and want to work for companies which demonstrate the same values.

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