Earth’s natural resources are limited, so it is important to conserve, recycle and reuse whenever possible.Recycling efforts can significantly reduce harmful waste for ourselves and future generations. Recycling gives materials that are labeled as recyclable a new purpose after they are turned over to local waste haulers. This allows such materials to live a new life and save time and money.
Studies show that:
- More than 60 percent of rubbish that ends up in trash bins can be recycled.
- Around 16 percent of the cost of a product is spent on packaging.
- 80 percent of a vehicle can be recycled.
- Glass is 100 percent recyclable.
- It takes 24 trees to make one ton of paper.
- Recycling paper creates 70 percent less pollution compared to normal non-recycled material paper production.
- Plastics take around 500 years to decompose.
- One recycled tin can saves enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
Residents and businesses often defer rubbish to landfills. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that municipal solid waste generation continues to climb, which calls for energy conservation and other methods to prevent environmental degradation. Many waste haulers are currently generating energy and creating composting programs to mitigate landfill use.
Commonly Used Products that May be Hazardous:
Antifreeze | Used oil, brake and transmission fluid | Gasoline, Diesel and fuel additives | Solvents and degreasers
Paints, Solvents, & Woodworking Supplies
Oil-based paints | Paint thinners and strippers | Stains and finishes
Fertilizers, Pesticides & Herbicides
Weed killer | Ant poison
Polishes and cleaners | Drain openers | Oven cleaners | Solvents
Batteries & Light Bulbs
Compact florescent light bulbs (CFL) | Rechargeable batteries | Fluorescent light bulbs
Pool and spa chemicals | Propane tanks & compressed gas cylinders | Film developing chemicals | Nail polish and removers|Insect repellents | Lighter fluid
Links to Additional Recycling & Disposal Resources
Throughout the state of Colorado there are many recycling facilities, hazardous waste collection events and curbside collection programs to assist with residential recycling and disposal.