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Nowadays people know that it is important to recycle, so each week they put their used cans, glasses and paper products in the large green bins for pick-up by recycle companies. What they donšt know is how important it is to recycle. Recycling is a great example of how a little goes a long way. Take a deeper look at the benefits of recycling various products.

Of all the recyclable items, an aluminum can is the easiest to make into a new one. Recycling aluminum and other metal food containers including cans, clean frozen food trays, and pie plates, lets manufacturers make new products with 95% less raw materials and 90% less energy Compared to trashing it, recycling aluminum also cuts air pollution by 95%.

Recycling glass reduces air pollution by 20%, and water pollution by 50%, compared with trashing it. Every time you recycle a glass bottle that would have been trashed, you save enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for four hours.

Tin Cans
Recycling tin cans reduces related energy use by 74%, air pollution by 85%, solid waste by 95%, and water pollution by 76% compared to wasting them. That sounds great, doesn't it? But we only recycle 5% of our tin cans! If your recycling center takes them, terrific. If not, maybe they need a little convincing from you.

We use about 32 billion pounds of plastic a year--and recycle only about 2% of it! But recycled plastic can be made into many new products from detergent containers to park benches. And since much plastic is made from petroleum, recycling saves money and conserves a valuable resource.

Recycling paper creates five times more jobs and it even saves money. We can also re-use paper. If you have paper that's only used on one side, the other side is still good. You can save it, and take it to a local printing company who will bind it into a new pad or into several smaller pads. You can also reuse envelopes, boxes, and packing materials you receive in the mail.

Recycling by itself isn't enough. We need to complete the cycle by using recycled products. Not enough people and companies use recycled paper, for example. Sometimes paper just sits in huge warehouses, waiting to be recycled. If it isn't used, it may even be dumped into landfills or incinerators. We need to start using recycled paper in our homes, schools and at work. The trick is to go for the highest possible "post-consumer" recycled content. When you use post-consumer recycled paper, you will actually be saving trees.