Everyone Can Recycle

There’s a lot of talk about sustainability, protecting the environment and going green. The truly great thing about being green is that you don’t have to try particularly hard to have a real impact.

For example, Charleston County offers curbside recycling. Last month it launched a pilot program in select neighborhoods to test single-stream recycling. So, instead of residents sorting paper into one bin and glass and plastics into another bin, households received one large roll cart for all recycling. How easy is that? You toss items that can be recycled – and there are quite a few – into the cart and roll it to the curb every two weeks.

Let’s put that in perspective. Check out this information from “The Green Book” by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen.

“If everyone in America simply separated the paper, plastic, glass and aluminum products from the trash and tossed them into a recycling bin, we could decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills by 75 percent. Currently, it takes an area the size of Pennsylvania to dump all our waste each year.”

So, what are you doing to be green? Can you at a minimum commit to recycling the basics? National Green Week would be a great time to start!

Let us know how you’re green in your home or office. Share your best tips.

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