Republic Sustainability Tips
How Recycling Saves
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for nearly four hours.
Recycling one ton of glass saves about nine gallons of fuel oil.
Steel makers rely on recycled steel scrap to produce new, high quality steel products.
50% of newsprint published is recovered saving forest trees.
Recycling plastic into new products saves 50% in energy used to make the same product from new material.
Aluminum cans recycled today are back on the shelf in about six weeks. 33 cans will give you about one pound to recycle.
One pound of glass can be recycled into one pound of new glass.
Another alternative to recycling newspaper is to shred for animal bedding.
Recycled corrugated boxes are used to make new corrugated and paperboard containers.
Recycled office paper is used to make toilet paper, tissues, and paper towels.
The average household will set out about 15 pounds of plastic per person each year.
Recycling Tips - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
1. Buy permanent items instead of disposables.
2. Buy and use only what you need.
3. Buy products with less packaging.
4. Buy products that use fewer toxic chemicals.
1. Bring reusable bags when shopping.
2. Repair items as much as possible.
3. Use durable coffee mugs.
4. Use cloth napkins or towels.
5. Use empty jars to hold leftover food.
6. Reuse boxes.
7. Purchase refillable pens and pencils.
8. Participate in a paint collection and reuse program and dispose of household hazardous wastes responsibly.
9. Donate extra items to people you know or to charity instead of throwing them away.
1. Recycle paper (printer paper, newspapers, mail, etc.), plastic, glass bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans. If your community doesn’t collect at the curb, take them to a collection center.
2. Recycle electronics. See more information in our Electronic Waste section.
3. Recycle used motor oil.
4. Compost food scraps, grass and other yard clippings, and dead plants.