Why recycle

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Every day, each of us contributes to the solid waste stream in our homes, at work, in school, or at play. Environmental issues have become so complex that many individuals feel they have no effect on them. Issues like depleting rain forests, water pollution, or climate change, can feel out of our control. But there are some things the individual can control. Our waste reduction and recycling activities can make a difference.

Did you know:

  • The Newton community is diverting more than 35% of its municipal solid waste from ending up in a landfill or incinerator. That’s over 150 tons per month.
  • Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of drinking water.
  • An aluminum can will go from the recycling bin to the grocery shelf as a new can in as few as 60 days.
  • A 2-liter pop bottle can be recycled into a tee shirt, carpeting, lumber, another plastic bottle or some other product.
  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.
  • Recycling one ton of material in a typical curbside recycling program can conserve at least $187 worth of electricity, petroleum, natural gas, and coal, even after accounting for the energy used to collect and transport the material.
  • Recycling is the law. In 1999, the City of Newton passed an ordinance making it unlawful to place designated recyclables in your household trash.

You are making a difference. Thank you for doing your part.