This Earth Day, an Opportunity to Rediscover Recycling
April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In honor of our planet and the initiatives to minimize the world’s carbon footprint, we invite you to understand how recyclable materials play a part in fighting the pandemic crisis. We invite you to Rediscover Recycling, it’s essential.
Rediscover Recycling – It’s Essential
On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we are calling attention to the planet we live on and the importance of recycling efforts that reduce pollution and in turn, allow for natural resources to be better conserved.
Recycling reduces material placed into landfill and entering our oceans. Recycling also reduces greenhouse gasses that enter the atmosphere. Each one of us can lead by example, and through our actions bring about meaningful change that begins in our homes and extends to our towns, cities, forests and oceans.
Recycling is helping in the fight against COVID-19. That’s because recycled metal, paper, plastics and other commodity‐grade materials feed critical manufacturing operations. Those in turn are producing the rebar, wiring, tubing, transportation, packaging and other key materials needed for everything from construction of hospitals to the manufacture of new hospital beds, ventilators, toilet paper and other essential supplies. Recycling is both essential to the health of the planet – and to the health of individuals.
Recycling is essential to so many positive outcomes, and it depends on all of us doing our part not only on Earth Day, but every day of the year.
Recycling works better when we all do it correctly.
• Rinse plastics when recycling, try not to leave any food or residue in the containers
• Paper products should be free of plastic materials such as tape
• Some materials are not recyclable so not including them in the bins saves time and energy. Check with your local municipality to determine what materials are acceptable for recycling.
• Follow your local health guidelines to ensure your safety during the COVID-19 crisis but consider participating in a local cleanup effort.