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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Kathryn Criaco, Nov. 26, 2011

There is no reason not to reuse and recycle. Many people think it is really hard because you have to put a lot of effort into it, but you don’t. According to Utah.edu Americans throw away enough garbage to fill 63,000 garbage trucks a day. Unfortunately I never really recycled before this project, but after reading all the ways to recycle and researching it I see how useful recycling is. Recycling saves money and landfill space and it reduces energy use, fuel use, and the rate of global warming. It also improves efficiency, air quality, and water quality. By just recycling one ton of aluminum, 14,000 kWh of electricity, 1,663 gallons of oil, 237.6 million Btu’s of energy, and 10 cubic yards of landfill space can be saved. Recycling one aluminum can can save enough energy to run a TV for three hours. Now think about how much resources could be saved if people recycled all of their glass, paper, plastic, cardboard, and steel. The website linked has a lot of information about how much each material saves and how much Americans waste. It helps you realize why recycling is important.
Reusing is also important and there are many organizations to help with this. I know this because when I was in fourth and fifth grade I grew a lot and at the end of each of those years I had a lot of clothes that had not really been worn, but did not fit me. Donating clothes is not only a good deed, but is also very good for the earth. One store that I think is a really good charity is the Interfaith Hand Me Up Shop. This is a nonprofit shop that funds community outreach programs, such as helping un or under employed people with living expenses, elderly outreach programs, meals on wheels for South Montgomery Program, and family crisis intervention. I work in this shop sometimes for NCL, all of the employees are volunteer and they sell donated clothes for a cheap price. I think this is one of the best stores because it helps fund majority of the charities around where I live, but there are also places like the Salvation Army and there are some places that even pay you for your clothing, like Playdoughs Closet.

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