We all know it is important to recycle and reduce the amount of waste that goes into our landfills. However, many people are still confused about what things can be recycled and what household items and materials are the easiest and most impactful when it comes to reducing pollution, waste, and energy usage. Here at Debris Box, we believe in making a positive impact on the world today and for the future, which is why we are committed to helping educate our customers about the important everyday materials that they should be recycling right now!
Top Five Must-Recycle Materials
- Aluminum: One of the first household materials to be recycled decades ago, it is still the most common and also the most efficient way to reduce not only landfill waste but energy consumption as well. Aluminum is100% recyclable and it costs 95% less energy to make recycled can as opposed to new ones. This means new cans can be created with recycled cans for 5% of the energy it would take to process raw aluminum and make brand new cans!
- Paper: Accounting for a staggering 30% or more of municipal waste is a major source of landfill waste, even though paper materials are incredibly easy to recycle. If we can increase the amount of paper that is recycled, it will have a tremendous impact on the entire globe in just a few short years. We can preserve forests and keep the planet from overheating while also reducing erosion, protecting animal habitats, and keeping the air clean!
- Steel Cans: Steel, in general, is a material that is in high demand and there will always be a need for new steel to be smelted and created. However, reducing even a fraction of what has to be made new each year can have a huge impact on pollution and energy waste. It is estimated that recycling steel cans and other common household items save the equivalent energy that is needed to power 18 million households a year and greatly reduces carbon emissions!
- Polyethylene Terephthalateplastic bottles(PET): These bottles include the most commonly used plastic bottles such as the one- and two-liter clear soda bottles, as well as some bottles containing water, liquor, and other liquid products. Billions of pounds of used PET bottles are recovered for recycling in the United States each year and it is even sent overseas for bulk recycling at offshore facilities. This makes PET the most widely recycled plastic anywhere in the world!
- Cardboard: Perhaps the one thing that clutters up homes more than any other recyclable material, cardboard is an essential recyclable material. Old corrugated cardboard (OCC) makes up a large percentage of household waste and also accounts for nearly 75-80 percent of commercial recyclable content as well. Cardboard can be recycled into new fiber materials fairly easily and this can then be used to make new boxes and containers with much less waste and pollution!
Debris Box’s Commitment to Recycling
Here at Debris Box, we are committed to doing our part to help protect the environment. We want to help each and every one of our customers do what they can to reduce waste and increase recycling in their local areas. To learn more about what you can do, call us today and speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members!