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  • How much energy could 1 recycled tin can save?
    How much energy could 1 recycled tin can save?
    The correct answer to this question is B, Enough to power a TV for 3 hours. Tin is a soft metal, which is used in several alloys. Tin is made of steel and sometimes they are coated with a thin tin. This coat of tin helps prevent food contamination and rust. These cans are used in many common items in households, such as cat food and soup. At 88%, tin cans have the highest recycling amount. Many of these cans can be recycled at curbside recycling locations and some places will even give money for the act of recycling these items.

  • What is the concept of 3R?
    What is the concept of 3R?
    The concept of 3r means “reduce, reuse, and recycle”. By reducing, reusing, and recycling, you can help save money and energy, reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and prevent or delay the amount of waste that needs to be recycled, landfilled or incinerated. There are a great many simple and easy ideas for reducing, reusing and recycling everyday items. For example, carry silverware with you and avoid using plastic silverware during lunch at work. Recycling can also be good for your community and help others. Consider donating reusable items such as furniture and working appliances to a local thrift shop or church or building materials to a local Habitat for Humanity project.

  • What will happen if we don't recycle?
    What will happen if we don't recycle?
    If the people of the world did not recycle, eventually all the natural resources that are needed to manufacture new products would be used up. Oil and gas resources, metals extracted from iron ore, and trees cut down for paper would all cease to exist. The world would need to discover or invent new sources or methods to produce the products people use. In addition, it the world did not recycle, greenhouse gases will continue to increase global warming and deplete the earth’s ozone layer. If things got that bad, it probably wouldn’t matter that our natural resources were gone, because we would all be dead from severe exposure to the sun due to the lack of protection from the ozone layer or we’d die from water taking over all the land surfaces.

  • What are the best ways to recycle water at home?
    What are the best ways to recycle water at home?
    There are many great ways to easily recycle water at home. Instead of pouring your cooking water down the drain (water used for pasta, potatoes or other vegetables) collect it and use it to water your indoor plants or outdoor garden plants. You can also collect rainwater and use it for watering the garden plants, rinsing outdoor furniture, washing your dog, etc. Another great way to recycle water at home is to take a bucket into the shower with you. The bucket will collect water that splashes off of you and you can then use that water to flush the toilet.

  • What should we do to make recycling more effective?
    What should we do to make recycling more effective?
    To make recycling more effective we need to develop new technologies and methods for those products that are currently hard-to-recycle or non-recyclable. And I believe the manufacturers of products like this should play a major role in finding a solution. At the same time, all manufacturers in general need to focus on reducing and reusing materials needed to make their products. The less materials they need to use at the beginning of the manufacturing process, the less material that will need to be disposed of at the end of the products’ useful life.

  • Does recycling really save energy?
    Does recycling really save energy?
    Yes, recycling really does save energy. The amount of energy saved depends on the material being recycled. For example, glass recycling uses energy to re-melt the glass. When glass is originally made, a lot of energy is needed to melt the sand and other minerals, so the energy savings is relatively small, only about 10-15%. However, metal recycling saves energy because the energy necessary to initially mine and process ores far exceeds that of the energy needed to recycle. Aluminum cans are a good example; they only need to be cleaned and re-melted, resulting in over a 90% energy saving when compare to the energy needed to extract the aluminum from ore.

  • How can I recycle things at home?
    How can I recycle things at home?
    It’s very easy to recycle things at home. Many communities will provide recycling containers or bins and will then empty the recycling bins the same day they pick up your other trash. You simply rinse out your aluminum, glass, and plastic containers/bottles and place them in the recycling bin container, along with paper, cardboard, and other items acceptable to your waste disposal management company. Some companies will accept plastic shopping bags and some will not. It’s best to check with your local provider. Another way to recycle food waste at home is to start a compost pile. Not all food waste is suitable for a compost pile so again it’s best to do a little research first. Your local department of environmental protection or natural resource agency can help.

  • Do you really think that people should be fined if not recycling?
    Do you really think that people should be fined if not recycling?
    Yes, I do think people should be fined for not recycling because there is simply no excuse for not doing it. I cannot imagine why someone would not want to recycle. It’s so easy to do and doesn’t cost anything and it’s so good for our earth. The money collected can be used for so many good causes such as an educational campaign to teach people more about why it’s so important to recycle. Or the money from the fines could be used to purchase more local recycling bins. I also think fining people for not recycling may serve as a deterrent. It’s like getting a fine for speeding. You are a lot more likely to pay attention to the speed limits after you’ve gotten a speeding ticket.

  • Are there any pitfalls of recycling?
    Are there any pitfalls of recycling?
    There are pitfalls to recycling. One pitfall is that to build, operate, and maintain recycling plants and vehicles to collect recyclables is expensive. Many local governments provide tax subsidies to recycling plants so millions and probably more likely billions of dollars take away from a community’s revenue. Often times, the recycling streams get contaminated and then must be sent to incinerators or landfills, resulting in more cost. Other pitfalls include low wages for recycling plant workers, the potential for health issues due to exposure to toxic substances and bleaching processes.

  • How can we bring awareness of recycling among people?
    How can we bring awareness of recycling among people?
    Recycling awareness can be raised among people in a number of ways. I think awareness is best raised at a community level. For example, community service messages can be broadcast on TV, radio, and social media sites. Cities, towns, and villages can use billboard messages to remind people about the importance of recycling. Community leaders and volunteers can organize a town “clean up” day which can include fun and productive activities for the whole family. Teachers and schools should also be involved in local efforts, with children drawing recycling posters for various community recycling efforts.

  • Is it true that Americans are really bad at recycling?
    Is it true that Americans are really bad at recycling?
    I don’t think Americans are really bad at recycling but it is true there is a lot of room for improvement. According to a report from the World Economic Forum, LLC, Germany leads the world with the best recycling rate at about 56%. The United States comes in 25th place with a recycling rate of less than 35%. So, there are 24 other countries in the world with a better recycling rate than the United States but that also means there are a lot of countries with a worse recycling rate. America needs to step up and be a world leader but this is difficult under the current administration of Donald Trump.

  • Which countries produce the most waste?
    Which countries produce the most waste?
    One study of waste generated by countries is broken down between developed countries and small or island nations and developed nations. The top five small or island nations generating the most waste are: Kuwait, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, and Sri Lanka. Tourism plays a large part of the waste produced in Antigua and St. Kitts. The top five developed countries generating the most waste are New Zealand, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States. This same study notes that even as overall recycling rates increase, so too does the waste being created as populations grow and economies expand.