Make a Difference by Recycling

Make a Difference by Recycling

Yes, you can make a positive impact on the planet by doing just one thing differently each day.  Just follow these three simple words as you make decisions about the products you use, “Reduce, reuse, recycle”.  For example, you can choose to recycle your single use disposable plastic water bottle, or reuse it by filling it up with fresh water from the tap.  Better yet, you can use a refillable glass or stainless steel water bottle and reduce the amount of waste in your home.   Yes, you can easily make a difference!

“But, Liz, I’m just one person.” you may be thinking right now, “Does one water bottle really matter?”

Of course it matters.  One water bottle today can add up to seven by the end of the week, and over thirty by the end of the month.  By the end of the year you could use up to 365 plastic water bottles, which turns out to be about 20 pounds of plastic.   And, that’s just from one person.

The easiest way to make a difference is to recycle your plastic water bottles so they can become something new.  Recycling is the process of taking a product at the end of its useful life and remanufacturing all or part of it to make a new product.  365 plastic water bottles that are recycled can become the equivalent of 19 soft t-shirts, or fiberfill for 26 fluffy ski jackets.  Other products made from water bottles include sweaters, sneakers, sleeping bag filler, and even carpet.

If you throw away your plastic water bottles, that’s 20 pounds of useful material that has to be buried in the landfill here in Whitfield County.  Can you imagine how much your family throws away each year?  If you reuse some of the bottles that does reduce the amount you throw away, but there will still be waste at the end of the year.   Another way to reduce would be to use a reusable, refillable water bottle made from aluminum, stainless steel, glass or durable plastic.

Reduce, reuse, and recycle.  It’s simple.  And, if everyone does just a little bit each day we can make a big, positive impact on the health of the planet and in our community.

Liz Swafford

Recycling & Education Program Coordinator

Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority