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Great American Cleanup in April – May 

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Last year Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District had the participation of 40 schools, 18 service groups and 17 communities involving more than 4,000 volunteers.  Will your organization join them for the 29th annual Spring Litter Cleanup and Beautification Event from April 1 through May 31?  This is a national litter cleanup program to improve roadways, parks and vacant lots by using volunteers to remove unsightly litter.  To register your community event, designate your cleanup location and get your supplies for spring cleanup, go to www.startrecycling.com or call 1-800-707-2673.

More than 100 million Americans participate in recycling used and old materials in their households and offices daily.  Using the top 10 recycling categories from the National Recycling Coalition listed below, your group can make a lasting contribution to managing the waste stream in Geauga County.

Number 1 is Aluminum  because aluminum cans are 100 percent recyclable and can also be recycled over and over again.

Number 2 is PET plastic bottles. Americans will buy about 25 billion single-serving bottles of water and nearly 80 percent of those bottles will end up in a landfill. Making plastic out of recycled resources uses about two-thirds less energy than making new plastic

Number 3 is newspapers. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, paper makes up about one-third of all the municipal waste stream in the U.S. That is a lot of paper, and since we know that recycling all that paper conserves resources, saves energy, and does not clog up the landfills, there is no reason not to do it.

Number 4 is corrugated cardboard. Old corrugated cardboard represents more than 1.38 percent of our municipal waste stream. Approximately 90 percent of that comes from the commercial or non-residential sector, the places where we work.  So next time the UPS delivers a big box to your office, be sure to break it down and recycle it.

Number 5 is steel cans. Like aluminum, steel products (cans, auto parts, appliances) can be recycled over again without compromising the quality of the steel. More than 80 million tons of steel is recycled each year in North America.  Recycling steel saves the equivalent energy to power 18 million households a year.

Number 6 is HDPE plastic bottles. High-density polyethylene is used for detergents, bleach, shampoo, milk jugs, to name a few. HDPE plastics is identified by the logo on the bottom of the container.  Three arrows in the shape of a triangle. Check the number inside that logo, numbers 1 and 2 are recyclable almost everywhere, but 3 through 7 are only recyclable in limited areas.  Do not forget to rinse and clean all of your HDPE containers. Any remaining dirt or food particles can contaminate the recycling process.

Number 7 is glass containers.  Recycled glass can save 50 percent energy versus new glass, and recycling just one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb 4 hours.

Numbers 8 and 9 are magazines and mixed paper. Recycled paper saves 60 percent of energy versus new paper and generates 95 percent less air pollution. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water. Sadly, every year Americans throw away enough paper to make a 12 foot wall from New York to California.

Number 10 is computers. Giving old, working computers to friends and family members or donating them to non-profit organizations not only keeps them out of the waste stream, but it presents computer access to someone who might not otherwise be able to afford it. Non-working computers can be sent to recycling centers where they are dismantled and valuable components are recovered.

Adult programs can be requested that cover items to recycle and all local collection programs offered by the District. Contact the District’s Education Specialist,
330-675-2673, xt. 02 r
Holly@startrecycling.com  to schedule a program.

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