I want to applaud you if you are one of the very special people who place your empty plastic containers in a recycling bin because you have just become an important part of the recycling process. This bottle will become something new and will continue to over and over again!
Sadly, approximately 70% of people will toss recyclable items in the trash bin. Very few people place recyclable items in their proper recycling bins as they should. If you don’t recycle, it’s time to understand the process and what becomes of these plastic bottles.
Items that are placed in recyclable bins are picked up, sorted, and then ground into plastic flakes. The flakes are then sorted by types and separated before being washed and dried. These flakes are used to make so many things including clothing, carpet, cups, trays, fibers, bottles, and so many other items.
Not only are recycled items good for the environment but saves on energy as well. One of the most overabundant items found in the trash is water bottles that thousands of people consume every day.
Recycling Saves Energy
According to the International Bottled Water Association, turning these old bottles into new ones will use 84% less energy. If everyone understood what an important role they play when they recycle items, they might look at the process in a new light.
The IBWA has launched a program “Put It In The Bin” which is a partner-friendly initiative focusing on educating people about how valuable it is to put recyclables in their proper bins so they can be made into something new and wonderful!
We all have busy lives and recycling isn’t always convenient or we just forget to recycle but it really is very important. Take a look at these very easy steps that will help you make recycling a part of your life, every day.
The Bin Location:
It will be so much easier to recycle if you place the bin next to your trash can. It will be a reminder that throwing your plastic bottle in the recycle bin is just as easy as throwing it in the trash.
Once you have finished your bottled beverage or water, put the cap back on the bottle and recycle. Both the bottle and the cap are made from plastics that are in high-demand by recycling facilities.
Bring Items Hone:
If you’re away from home and can’t locate a bin, bring them home and place them in the recyclable bin next to your trash. Have a bag available in your car to empty used bottles in and then bring them home to your recyclable bin.
More than 90% of Americans have access to a curbside bin or a drop-off center. Set an alarm on your phone so you will remember to bring the recycling bin out to the curb on the day they pick up.
Buy items made from recycled materials to support the ongoing effort to recycle these items later on.
While there are many things that can be recycled, bottled water is the most common at a rate of 53.9%. One plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to power a 60-watt bulb for 6 hours.
According to Recycle Across America, 5 recycled plastic bottles provide enough fiber to produce one square foot of carpet! The possibilities are endless and all it takes is one small choice to recycle!