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Why It Matters

The market value of post-consumer packaging waste that could be recycled but is thrown away instead is $11.4 billion annually.

Top 5 Tips for Recycling

  1. Reuse. The best way to recycle something is simply to use it again!

  2. Compost your food scraps. The average American generates over 100 pounds of food waste per year, totaling around 14 million tons of food waste each year! Reduce the amount of food waste you send to landfill by composting - you can use the finished compost for your own plants or donate it to a local community garden.

  3. Recycle your electronics. 20 million tons of electronic waste are thrown away every year, and one ton of scrap from discarded computers contains more gold than can be produced from 17 tons of gold ore - that's a lot of valuable resources being wasted (not to mention the hazardous materials in e-waste that seep into the ground when sitting in a landfill).

  4. Buy recycled products. 544,000 trees could be saved if every household in the U.S. replaced just ONE roll of virgin fiber paper towels with 100% recycled ones.

  5. Do the research. Know how to recycle hazardous materials, like batteries, paint, etc. Check out

Digging Deeper

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