"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I still can do something;
I will not refuse to do something I can do."
What some sound advice from Helen Keller. We all
can make a small difference that can add up to a
more significant change in our world if we all do
Below you will find a few facts that will show the
importance of each and every one of us
recycling what we can.
E-Waste Recycling Facts:
1 cell phone pollutes 34,800 gallons of water if not recycled.
5 lbs of lead are found in CRT monitors and mercury is found in flat panel monitors.
Inkjet cartridges are made of petroleum based plastics and if they end up in the landfill, they will not breakdown.
Every day in the United States, we throw out about 130,000 computers, They contain a variety of recyclable material like plastic, metal and glass. Almost 100% of a computer is recyclable.
Heavy Metals such as lead and cadmium are found in computer components which are toxic to the environment. About 70% of heavy metals including mercury and cadmium found in landfills comes from electronic equipment discards.
WHY RECYCLE: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."--Mahatma Gandhi
Recycling 1 ton of paper (2000 lbs.) saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity--enough energy to power the average American home for five months. The 17 trees saved can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 1500 pounds of carbon dioxide.
Recycling paper instead of making it form new material generates 74% less air pollution and uses 50% less water.
Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away each year in the U.S.