January 8, 2012 by wcobserver
Between trimming the tree, wrapping the gifts, and getting that last-minute shopping done, it can seem like you don’t have time to eat a Christmas cookie, much less worry about the planet. But during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday season, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than any other time of year. You can help reduce that number!
What are you doing with that old wrapping paper? Consider using it to wrap something else or recycling it at the Renewable Resource Center. Recycling one ton of paper saves 8,000 – 16,000 gallons of water, about six cubic yards of landfill space, and 463 gallons of oil.
What about the glass bottles you have left from toasting the New Year? Recycle them! The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can power a washing machine for ten minutes, a color TV for twenty minutes, and a computer for twenty-five minutes. Reuse those old gift bags and bows and save money while saving the planet.
Let’s all try to recycle everything we can this year, and make a difference in a big way!
By Miranda Baker, Special to the Observer