Rethink Recycling

Thoughts on recycling from a City of Fayetteville intern and University of Arkansas senior:

Why go green? I know this has been said a million times and I guarantee some will skip right along BUT for those who care to stick around, let’s talk about all things GREEN!

We know it as “REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE” but what is recycling other than these three words? If we want to get technical, recycling is defined as an alternative way to convert waste materials into reusable objects. This helps to prevent the waste of useful materials and to reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials! However, recycling can become pretty costly and many ask if it’s worth the effort. According to statistics, the more people recycle, the cheaper it gets.

This poses the question, “What does recycling look like in our own community?” Fayetteville is home to many recycling and drop-off centers, including the university. As a current student attending the University of Arkansas, I see a TON of opportunity for recycling. Most buildings have designated recycling bins divided according to label such as aluminum, plastic, and glass! These separated bins allow for easy and efficient recycling to take place all over campus!

Did you know that every ton of paper recycled can save 17 trees? Or that one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for four hours? Recycling has the ability to create more than 1.1 million jobs in the U.S alone!

Follow these 5 steps and live GREEN:

1. Less is MORE

2. Always choose PAPER over plastic

3. Designate a BIN for recycling

4. Implement recycling into your daily ROUTINE

5. Share the importance of recycling in your COMMUNITY

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