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Give Your Garbage Another Life

By: Mollie Dean on Apr 4, 2019 9:57:10 AM

We're celebrating #EarthMonth by reimagining how we recycle and improving the ways in which we do. We're following along with Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council's award-winning "I Want To Be Recycled" public service advertising (PSA) and awareness campaign to uncover the top 5 impacts of recycling.


Imagine a plastic bottle becoming a pair of jeans or a steel food can that transforms into a bicycle. Can you see it? Each day we have the choice to recycle or not. When we place our everyday items in the appropriate recycling bins, we’re “giving our garbage another life” – a chance at becoming something new and helping our environment at the same time.

Top 5 impacts of recycling

  1. Saves Energy & Resources. We use fewer natural resources such as trees, water, and minerals when we recycle. Plus, when you extract and process fewer raw materials, you save lots of energy.
  2. Reduces Landfills. Recycling means less waste, which cuts down on the need for landfills and incinerators.
  3. Prevents Pollution. Extracting and processing raw materials causes greenhouse gas emissions - recycling reduces this pollution.
  4. Gives Garbage New Life. When you recycle used items, you create something new (which is pretty cool).
  5. Creates Jobs. Growth in the recycling industry results in the creation of new jobs throughout the country.

#DidYouKnow that some items can travel through the recycling and manufacturing process and be back on store shelves in as little as 30 days!? Your aluminum can, water bottle, or cereal boxes can actually become many things in this amount of time. Check out the key steps that materials go through to become new products.

Have you ever questioned yourself after throwing something in the trash and thought, could I have recycled that? Learn how and what to recycle using the recycling explorer. You can also find your local recycling information for specific guidelines in your community that will have you on the fast track to becoming a recycling king! Or queen!