— Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours.
— Four percent of America’s annual oil consumption goes into the production of plastics.
— Recycling batteries, electronics and computers reduces the amount of toxic heavy metals that end up in landfills. These products contain lead, mercury, cadmium and lithium, which all pose a significant threat to human health when they leach into the ground, water and air.
— Every three months, Americans throw enough aluminum in the landfills to build our nation’s entire commercial air fleet.
Information provided by Re-Group, a non-profit educational group formed to develop public awareness of the benefits of waste reduction, reuse and recycling through educational and citizen participation. ReGroup meets the second Wednesday of the month from September-November and January-May at 6:30 p.m. at Kenai Peninsula College unless otherwise noted.