From December 13, 2013

Fact. The USA generates around 14 million tons of food waste, but of the 14 million tons, only 570 000 is composted for a 4.1 % recovery rate, with the rest occupying 6.3 million cubic yards in landfills.

Fact. Only 8 percent of the total plastic waste generated in 2011 was recovered for recycling, but the market for recycled plastics is growing in the U.S. There are many uses for recovered plastic resins. Recycled PET bottles are used for carpet and textiles. Recycled HDPE is used for making new bottles.

Fact: Disposable diapers can last centuries in a landfill before decomposing. An average baby may use up to 8,000 of them.

Fact: Styrofoam cups are just as resilient to decomposition. Styrofoam cups are known to last around 500 years in a landfill before completely decomposing. Americans dispose of around 25,000,000,000 styrofoam cups yearly.

Fact: We’re sitting on a potential goldmine from our trash. Recent data from the Container Recycling Institute (CRI) indicates that 36 billion aluminum cans landfilled in 2012 had a total value of more than $600 million. It’s treasure literally buried under trash.

“Simple acts like throwing glass, metal, and plastic containers in the properly marked recycling bins, can go a long way to helping alleviate the environmental problems we face. Also, cleaning the said containers of any residue or trash before disposing them would greatly help recycling efforts.”

Learn more here.

To learn where and how to recycle in Brevard, see this list.