Monday, January 26, 2009

Doing our part

Saturday mornings we take glass, cardboard, and aluminum cans to recycling bins on the Wal-Mart lot. During the week, our newspapers and magazines are dumped in bins located at our First United Methodist Church. The monies from this recycling benefit the Methodist Day School.

Any day of the week, plastic, etc. items can be taken to the recycling bins at the Guadalupe County Fairgrounds.

As for packing materials such as the bouncy and stick-to-everything 'peanuts,' I take these items as well as small boxes to the UPS & Grounds store on Kingsbury and they are re-used.

Why recycle??

Recycling—substituting scrap for virgin materials—not only conserves natural esources and reduces the amount of waste that must be burned or buried, it also reduces pollution and the demand for energy.

In an international study published last year by the Waste & Resources Action Programme, a British group, researchers compared more than 180 municipal waste management systems. Recycling proved better for the environment than burying or burning waste in 83 percent of the cases.

It makes sense to reuse products, of course, and to reduce consumption altogether, as well as to improve initial product design. But given the rising mounds of waste worldwide, it also makes sense to recycle.

No comments:

Post a Comment