Green Column

Bill Cutler and Kathy Scullion



Our "Green Team"
Bill Cutler, Kathy Scullion

Recycling Factoids
Warblings, Fall 2017

Light Bulb graphic► America Recycles Day is November 15.

►Light bulb brightness is measured in lumens.  A typical 60-watt incandescent light bulb has a brightness of 800 lumens.  A modern 10 watt LED bulb also delivers 800 lumens of light and with much greater savings!

► Recycling just ONE glass bottle saves enough electricity to light an 800 lumen, 10 watt LED bulb for TWENTY FOUR HOURS!

► Sullivan County is presently home to the only hydroelectrically-powered public radio station in the United States, WJFF, 90.5 FM!

► Recycling just one ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water (USEPA).

► The heating-and-cooling system at Sullivan County Community College is geothermally moderated; it conserves energy by using ambient groundwater to stabilize atmospheric temperature fluctuations, moderating the campus’s heating-and-cooling costs.  It was one of the first systems of its kind in New York State.

Glass Bottles► Every ton of glass recycled saves 1,330 pounds of sand, 433 pounds of soda, 433 pounds of limestone and 151 pounds of feldspar.

► Glass bottles and jars have been in our culture for about 3,000 years. We have been recycling glass for almost that long as well.

► Even though glass may break, the components never wear out and can be recycled almost eternally.

► A ton of glass made from raw materials creates 384 pounds of mining waste. Using only half recycled glass cuts down the waste by 75%.

► A ton of glass made from raw material produces almost 28 pounds of air pollution. By using recycled glass that air pollution drops by about 20%.

► Refillable glass containers make about 15 trips between factories and stores before being recycled.

Oil Can graphic► Motor oil never wears out, it just gets dirty. Oil can be recycled, re-refined and used again and again. This reduces our reliance on imported oil. More than 60% of all oil related pollution is caused by improper disposal of motor oil.                                                   

► If not recycled, one gallon of used motor oil could pollute 1,000,000 (one MILLION) gallons of potable water.

► Manufacturing aluminum from old aluminum soda cans and other sources of used aluminum takes 95% less energy than producing aluminum from completely new materials. Recycled aluminum also cuts related air pollution associated with manufacturing (such as sulfur dioxides which create acid rain) by 95%.

USPS logo► The US Postal Service won an environmental award for their self adhesive post stamps. Most self stick items, like envelope labels, interfere with the recycling process. However, the self stick stamps are made from a different glue base which can be easily recyclable along with the envelope.

► All steel made in North America contains a minimum of 28%, and up to virtually 100%, recycled content.

Steel logo► A steel mill using recycled scrap metal reduces related air, water, and mining wastes by about 70%. It takes about 4 times as much energy to make steel from virgin ore as it does to make steel from scrap.

► Organics represent approximately 40% of the disposal-bound Municipal Solid Waste Stream in the US.  Food Waste alone accounts for 10% of all waste disposed!

► All soda bottles are made from #1 Plastic, polyethylene terephthalate, commonly called PET. It's the only plastic that can retain carbonation. 1/3 of all the carpets in the United States also contain PET plastic resin. Be sure to consider purchase of recycled-content carpeting the next time you remodel.

– Bill Cutler

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