Being Green I

paper-recyclingBeing Green is not just for Kermit the Frog. Most Americans now feel a commitment to improving the environment and trying to keep the planet safer and healthier for the next generation. One of the most important changes you can make in your lifestyle is to recycle. There are many materials that can be recycled and a number of methods for assuring that that maximum number of household items are recycled. We’ll go through these different elements one by one, beginning with today’s focus: Paper Recycling.
To recycle paper, you’ll need to have the following:
1. Brown Paper Bags
2. Old Newspapers
3. Recycle Bins
4. Twine
You’ll need to do the following:
1. Find out if your community has a local curbside recycling program or a local drop-off center. You call your country department of public works, check online, or call 1-800-CLEANUP for state recycling information
2. Divide your paper into three groups: white office paper, newspaper and mixed-color paper. That’s how most curbside programs collect it
3. Put newspapers into brown paper bags and tie them into bundles with twine. Make sure to remove rubber bands, paper clips and other non-paper items
4. Combine mixed-color paper, including magazines and junk mail
5. Combine plain white office paper
6. Place your three groups of paper outside on curbside pick-up day or bring them to your community drop-off center.
Remember – for every ton of paper we recycle, 17 trees will live!