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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Those are the code words these days. With the push in recent years to "go green" in order to save the nation's vital natural resources for generations to come, it's time we all started taking at least small steps to help the environment.
And some have found it's not quite as hard as it might seem.
If you don't already know, both the City of Campbellsville and Waste Management have recycling bins available.
And plastic, glass and paper is a good place to start. It's just as easy to toss that glass jar into a separate bin as it is to toss it into a garbage can.
If you're not sure just where to start when it comes to recycling, the Web sites planetgreen.discovery.com and environment-green.com offer plenty of tips on just how to "go green."
About 60 percent of garbage thrown away today could be recycled, according to Environment-Green. That Web site also includes some interesting facts:
u Recycling one plastic bottle not only saves anywhere from 100 to 1,000 years in the landfill but also saves the environment from the emissions in producing new bottles as well as the oil used to produce that bottle.
u For every 1 ton of plastic that is recycled, we save the equivalent of two people's energy use for an entire year, the amount of water used by one person in two months' time and almost 2,000 pounds of oil.
u When we do not recycle at least our glass or aluminum, we cost the earth in power usage, water and oil usage and landfill usage. Glass takes up to 4,000 years to decompose in a landfill yet can be recycled indefinitely.
Many people save aluminum cans, and even trade those for cash. But if we'd all take the time to separate our plastics, glass and paper as well, just think how much less garbage we'd have to haul out to the end of our driveways for someone else to take to a landfill. Then, a quick trip to the recycling center to drop off our recyclables ... and we've done something good for everyone.
Why not give it a shot?