Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.
Today many businesses are undertakings respect the need for recycling for the benefit of the society. The efforts put in by companies engaged in hauling and demolition, who stress on getting the garbage segregated, differentiating the recyclable from the non-recyclable waste and transporting them to the end destination for a cleaner and safer earth is highly commendable.
With an increased awareness to help protect the earth, most of us are taking measures to ensure its safety. All landfills eventually fail and leak into the ground and surface water. Considering that many landfills are located next to bodies of water (lakes, rivers, bays, etc) this is even more of a scare. The amount of garbage that American household throw away each year is astonishing. And, most of the rubbish is picked up from the curb and thrown into a landfill. Even with the focus on recycling only 30 percent of what is recyclable material is recycled. That is neglect on the part of Americans with 55 billion cans alone littered, incinerated or sent to the landfill instead of being recycled.
Many of the recycled materials such as paper and glass are recycled into new paper products and new glass products with a recycled seal allowing all those that are taking green measures to know they are purchasing materials that have been recycled. For each bag of recycled materials you are saving space in the landfill and protecting the earth.
This Earth Day You can show how much you love our great planet by trying to imbibe these small measures that will go a long way.
– Always take along a reusable bag when you leave the house.
– Reduce your garbage to a maximum of one bag per week
– Cut your Carbon foot print
– Ditch wrapping paper and paper gift bags
– Refuse to use Styrofoam.
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