Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Saturday, November 13, 2021

To the editor:

November 15 is America Recycles Day. Itís a good time to reflect on how we all can help.

According to data from the Environmental Protection Agency, less than one in three recyclable items is recycled. Roughly 29 percent of PET plastic, used for products like water bottles and food containers, is recycled. Less than 35 percent of aluminum is recycled. Cardboard shipping boxes are recycled at a 96.5 percent rate.†

A large part of our problem is that recycling is confusing. Some products with the chasing arrows recycling label canít actually be recycled. Recycling centers take plastic products numbered 1 or 2 (things like water and soda bottles), and increasingly, number 5. And too often those numbers are hard to read.†

Want to make a difference? Find out what products your community recycling center allows. Not all centers accept glass or foam. But anything that can be recycled often is turned into a new use, from furniture to clothing or even road surfaces. All of those cut down on the need for landfills and garbage dumps. We can reduce unnecessary waste and protect our planet one informed person at a time. It only takes a commitment to be one of those persons.†

James Bowers is the managing director of the Campaign for Recycling Awareness (RecyclingFacts.com).