The 3’Rs

Did you know an average family of 4 creates enough garbage annually to fill up a baseball  stadium?

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Three words we’ve been hearing often in the last 10 years but isn’t it interesting to know that Recycling was not a mainstream idea until the
late 1970s?

So what does Reduce, Reuse and Recycle mean and how can you incorporate it into your lifestyle?

Let’s start with Recycle. Recycling means to process old and used items so that the material can be used to make new products.

Next is Reduce. Try to reduce the amount of garbage you generate. Try purchasing items that last longer so you may not have to replace them as often.

Reuse is next on the agenda. Try to reuse as many products as possible in your house hold. For example plastic milk jugs make great pitchers for water.

Why do we want to do this?

One of the main reasons for recycling is to reduce the amount of garbage sent to our landfills. Landfills take up a lot of space, in 365 days we as a continent

fill garbage trucks with a 100 million tons of trash. It is enough trucks to form a line that would stretch from the earth, halfway to the moon.

Not only the space factor, landfills cause all sorts of pollutions because of their chemical breakdowns which results in a toxic soup waste.

Recyling should become a habit as it affects many aspects of your life.

If you were a business owner, you might consider purchasing recycled products such as paper. This helps your budget and the environment at the same
time as one tone of recycled pulp paper saves 17 trees!

If you decide to start a family, note that an average child will use between 8,000-10,000 disposable diapers before being potty trained. Try to consider using
reusable cloth diapers.

As you attend many parties throughout your life please think before you throw  out the can or plastic bottle you are drinking from. It is said that as continent
we throw out 2.5 million bottles every hour! Even throwing away one aluminum can wastes as much energy as if that can were ½ full of gasoline.

So you are looking at me and you say, how do I start? There are numerous Recycling programs in every community.

It is not difficult to place your can in the Recycling bin instead of the garbage bin. It is easier than ever to recycle with the Recycling centers and curb side pickups.
A new program has been implented, the Retailer Take back.  For example, if you  purchased electronics at London Drugs and wish to recycle, simply bring it back
to the store. In some cases, they even give you a discount off your next electronic item.

And if saving money is appealing to you, think of all the money you receive from  recycling your cans and bottles. Cans give 5 cent per can!
It takes 90% less energy to recycle a can than to make a new one.

So please remember to recycle your glass, steel, plastic, paper, and anything else you can think of.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle for our community today and for our generations tomorrow.

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