Notes from the Recycling Bin

— Without exception, recycling is the top action society can do to simultaneously improve the environment, the economy, sustainable manufacturing, and to prevent waste from going into oceans.

— Five PETE recycled bottles provide enough fiber to create one square foot of carpet or enough fiber to fill one ski jacket. Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every year.

— Recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves the equivalent energy usage of a two-person household for one year.

— Americans throw away enough office paper each year to build a 12-foot-high wall from Seattle to New York.

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.

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