Some interesting (at least to me) tidbits from an recycling article written by Natalie Ermann Russell of Simple Life and posted at CNN Technology. Click here to read the whole article, if you care about saving our environment. —Gary L. Parr
- Office paper, which has long fibers, is worth a lot more than the “mixed paper” of cereal boxes, which has shorter fibers.
- Plastic, glass, and metal containers are cleaned to remove food, but paper is not. Food particles can contaminate an entire batch, as the food (along with the paper) begins to biodegrade if it is left to sit.
- All steel products, for example, contain at least 25 percent steel scrap, which requires 75 percent less energy to produce than “virgin” steel.
- As for aluminum cans, recycling just one saves enough energy to run your TV for 2½ hours.