Gear up to celebrate next week’s holiday!
I’m not talking about the annual kick-off of stalking white-tailed deer with rifles. While this is a celebrated holiday (generally lasting more than one day) in Northern Michigan, I am actually talking about a national holiday: America Recycles Day!
Recycling adds another facet to Environmental Awareness Month. The national recycling rate has increased in recent decades, and is currently at about 34%. This seems like a fairly small number…34% on an exam usually means you failed–miserably, but this is not the case for recycling. There are many items that are difficult to recycle; rural areas often have fewer resources for recycling. These challenges can keep the recycling rate low. As the industry grows, changes, and becomes more accessible the rate should grow. You too can help that rate grow by doing all that you can and are able, right now. Several resources are available, online, to help you find where to recycle those non-traditional items or items that your local center may not take. At the Missaukee Recycling Center, glass is currently one of those items not accepted. However, some surrounding towns/counties do accept glass. Call or visit the Recycling page (above) for more information–231.839.7193.
Celebrate America Recycles Day with a free gift from your friendly neighborhood environmental organization! Join the wonderful Missaukee Conservation District Recycling Team at the Missaukee Recycling Center, 6420 W. Sanborn Road, Lake City, this Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Supply is limited, so come early–center opens at 9 a.m.!
Not convinced recycling is beneficial? Here are a few statistics from the EPA:
- Recycling one ton of office paper can save the energy equivalent of consuming 322 gallons of gasoline.
- Recycling just one ton of aluminum cans conserves more than 152 million Btu, the equivalent of 1,024 gallons of gasoline or 21 barrels of oil consumed.
- Plastic bottles are the most recycled plastic product in the United States as of 2014, according to the most recent EPA report. Recycling just 10 plastic bottles saves enough energy to power a laptop for more than 25 hours.
This November 15, come up with your own creative ideas to improve recycling in your household or community, and visit Becky Bode at the recycling center–Bambi will thank you.