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Planet Patrol, Recyling - Iowa DNR

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Uploaded on Jul 21, 2011

Welcome to Planet Patrol, brough to you by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. This month, we're going to talk about why we need to recycle and how everyone, even kids, can recycle.
Recycling is one way to help save the earth and all she has to offer. Here are a few examples.
Recycling paper saves us from having to cut down more trees to make new paper that we read or write on once. Paper is easily recycled into new paper products and using recycled paper saves energy, water and trees!
Plastic is made from a lot of chemicals including oil. Recycling plastic will help reduce our need to import so much expensive oil. And plastic when it is buried in the landfill... can stay there for thousands of years. Recycled plastic is used to manufacture a lot of products like carpet, sleeping bags, even clothes.
Recycling metal, like a soup can or a soda can provides much of the metal we need to manufacture new products from cars and airplanes to new soup and soda cans to the spoon you used to eat the soup in the first place.
Glass can be recycled over and over and over....it never wears out. One out of every four bottles or jars is made with recycled glass.
When things are recycled they are used to manufacture new products that we see everywhere we look. Many times we don't even know it. And when recycled materials are used to make new products, it uses less water, uses less energy and reduces air pollution.
Recycling rules vary for each community. Check your city website to find out rules for your area.
There are several types of residential recycling programs. Drop-off Programs are where people gather and store recyclable materials and deliver them to a drop off center or recycling bin. Curbside Programs are where recyclables are collected from each household. Materials may be required to be sorted, or may be placed all together depending on the system utilized by your community or service provider.
Remember that everyone, big or small, can make a difference when it comes to recycling. Do your part to recycle, and when you go shopping, look for things that are made with recycled content like paper, games, and even cell phones. When buying items that are packaged in or made with recycled materials, you are helping close the recycling loop.

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