Friday, November 14, 2008

Earth 911

The following is reprinted from the December online edition of Northwest Reporter, published by Seattle-King County Association of Realtors:

Earth911, a public-private sector partnership founded in 1991, brings together hundreds of government, industry and nonprofit partners with businesses to promote resource reduction, reuse and recycling. Besides information on paper recycling (see paragraphs below), Earth911 provides tips for better stewardship of other everyday products, including metal, hazardous waste, plastic, glass, electronics, automotive, household, gardening, and construction.

Together with 1-800-CLEANUP, Earth911 has listings for more than 400,000 services and provides access to data for more than 74,000 locations for recycling, household hazardous waster disposal, reuse and more.

Earth911 is a division of the cause media company Global Alerts, which is based in Scottsdale, Ariz. (http://www.earth911.com/)

Earth 911 provides the following facts you may not know about recycling paper:

In 2007, more than half (56 percent) of paper used in the U.S. was recovered for recycling. By 2012, the paper industry hopes to raise that figure to 60 percent.

Viewed another way, the percentage of recycled paper averaged 360 pounds for every person in the country. If the 2012 goal is achieved, Earth911 – the nation’s official environmental information network -- estimates 60 million tons of paper will be recovered. (One million tons is enough to fill more than 14,000 railroad cars.)

Every ton of recycled paper can save:
17 trees
380 gallons of oil
more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
4,000 kilowatts of energy
7,000 gallons of water

These savings represent a 64 percent energy saving, a 58 percent water saving, and 60 fewer pounds of air pollution.

Research indicates paper makes up the largest portion of the municipal waste stream and is also one of the most recovered materials.

Earth911 cites numerous direct and indirect benefits of recycling. These include conserving resources, preventing emissions of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants, saving energy, supplying valuable raw materials to industry, creating jobs, stimulating the growth of greener technologies and reducing the need for new landfills and incinerators.

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