Natural Resources are Important
An interesting editorial in the La Crosse Tribune (found via the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voter’s blog) talks about the importance of protecting our natural resources, like groundwater. I would add the importance of residents participating in their local recycling program as a way to protect natural resources.
Wisconsin requires recycling by banning certain items from landfills. These include items Waukesha residents can recycle in their curbside bins:
- plastic bottles & jugs (#1’s and #2’s)
- steel cans
- aluminum cans
Other items including grass clippings, tires, and motor oil are also banned from landfills. By recycling these items, residents protect natural resources like
- iron ore
- divers forests of trees
By reducing the demand for these natural resources we insure that the habitats effected by gathering these resources stay intact. Two key habitats affected include the rain forests (bauxite) and temperate and boreal forests (trees used for paper products).
Despite the fact that recycling is such an easy way for residents to ease the strain on our natural resources, Wisconsin’s recycling rate hovers around 35%. The national recycling rate for plastic #1 bottles (i.e. soda & water bottles) is an abysmal 23%. As we all focus on Earth Day festivities this week and the importance of saving natural resources, consider a small action to make everyday Earth Day and make sure you recycle 100% of what you can.
Want to do one better? Tell a friend about the importance of recycling. I’d love to hear ideas: how do you share recycling with those you know?