ChathamRecycles.org has been a little like cleaning out
your grandmother's attic; push aside a rusty steamer and you're
likely to uncover something amazing like a Ty Cobb baseball card
or a previously unknown copy of the Bill of Rights.
And while we
haven't come across any priceless heirlooms, we have unearthed
some pretty amazing recycling facts -- fascinating tidbits that
should embolden the resolve of those Chathamites who are already
recycling while hopefully convincing other residents and businesses
to reduce, re-use and recycle rather than just toss all that
aluminum, glass, paper and newsprint into the landfill.
throws away 1.5 million tons of paper every year. If the Commonwealth
recycled HALF of this paper, we would save nearly $52 million
in disposal costs.
people are employed at 1,400 recycling businesses and organizations
in Massachusetts. These businesses have an annual payroll of
$557 million and produce $3.5 billion in sales receipts.
helps Massachusetts residents reduce the equivalent of 2 million
metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. That's like taking 1.6
million passenger cars off the road for a year.
in Massachusetts saves over 85 trillion BTUs of energy annually,
enough to power 820,292 homes for one year.
recycled enough paper last year to prevent the cutting of nearly
17 million trees.
The facts are
pretty compelling. Recycling saves money, reduces pollution and
conserves energy. We're fortunate in Chatham to have an amazing
Recycling Center, so look around your home or business and take
a look at what you can start recycling today.
But if you
find a Ty Cobb baseball card? You're gonna want to make sure
you hang on to that.
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